Jadeveon Clowney was close to signing with the Cleveland Browns before the deal fell through, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Although, they couldn’t come to terms on a deal, Fowler noted the Browns are still in the Clowney sweepstakes.
“They’re all in on free agency,” Fowler noted on SportsCenter. “This is not a rebuild any longer because I’m told not only did they sign big players like Austin Hooper and Jack Conklin, they’ve been in on the Jadeveon Clowney mix. Some people around the league believe they even got close to a deal at some point in the last week. And so, they have Olivier Vernon as [a] pass rusher, but he has a $15.5 million cap hit. They can always switch that out for Clowney opposite Miles Garrett, [which] would be a dangerous combination on the edge for the Cleveland Browns. Two or three years ago, they would not be looking at making these kind of moves, but it is a different time. They’re all in because they believe they can contend right now.”
Earlier reports suggested Clowney was looking for around $20 million per year this offseason, but ESPN’s Dianna Russini noted that he dropped his asking price closer to $17-$18 million a year.
The former No. 1 overall pick of the Texans back in 2014 saw his tenure with the team end after they franchised him in 2019 and traded him to the Seahawks at the start of the regular season.
In 13 games with the Seahawks, he racked up 31 tackles, three sacks, an interception, two defensive touchdowns, and four forced fumbles.
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