As NFL teams prepare for their first preseason games this weekend, one of the top names on the free agent market could soon find a new home.
According to a report from Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, the Baltimore Ravens have offered a contract to defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Anderson stated that the No. 1 selection of the 2014 NFL Draft “is taking some time to think it through.”
Clowney was widely regarded as a generational pass-rushing prospect when he went first overall to the Houston Texans in 2014. Though he hasn’t been anything close to a draft bust, Clowney has been incredibly inconsistent throughout his career.
He earned three straight Pro Bowl nods with the Texans from 2016 to 2018, recording 29 sacks, 11 pass defenses and five forced fumbles in his five years there. But he had forgettable stints in Seattle (three sacks in 2019) and Tennessee (zero sacks in 2020), before bouncing back with the Cleveland Browns in 2021.
That year, Clowney recorded nine sacks, two pass defenses and as many forced fumbles. But his play dropped again in 2022, as he had just two sacks in 12 games.
Clowney all but assured his exit from Cleveland when he called out the front office and stated they were more worried about getting superstar Myles Garrett into Canton than actually winning games.
Clowney has 43 career sacks, 13 forced fumbles, 23 pass defenses and one interception.
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