Last week, it was reported by Kimberley A. Martin of ESPN that free agent edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney is still having issues with teams over his asking price.
According to Martin, Clowney was initially asking for around $20 million per year and reportedly turned down multiple offers of $15 million or more.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson this week, there are three teams that are still in contention to sign Clowney: Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans and Las Vegas Raiders.
“Add it all up and you basically have a three-team picture between the Seahawks, Titans and Raiders,” Robinson detailed. “And of that trio, the Titans and Seahawks make the most sense in terms of being able to add Clowney late in the preseason, because of his familiarity with the schemes and/or coaching staffs.”
There was some speculation that Clowney’s wait would pay off given the recent injuries to defensive linemen such as Gerald McCoy, but there is also concern about the pass rusher’s own health.
“[Clowney] is a younger player and he’s carrying his weight better, but he also has a history of little nagging things and also some serious things,” one general manager told Yahoo Sports. “It doesn’t have to be a major [injury] like McCoy. If [Clowney] comes in now and then has some kind of soft-tissue thing that drags on, that could be a months-long thing or even a season-long thing. And I know we’re going to see more of the soft tissue stuff as the pads come on. He might think he’s avoiding something by sitting out and taking his time, but it’s not a positive at all in my opinion. Especially with all the other things we’re getting used to.”
In 2019, the 27-year-old appeared in 13 games for the Seahawks and recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, an interception, two defensive touchdowns, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and three pass defenses.