JAKE AND STACY

Heaps: Why the Seahawks are still Jadeveon Clowney’s top choice

Sep 4, 2020, 2:33 PM
Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney...
Jake Heaps believes the Seahawks are still Jadeveon Clowey's preferred team. (Getty)
(Getty)

Whether or not it’s the Seahawks who ultimately sign defensive end Jadeveon Clowney before the 2020 season begins, it appears that “Clowney Watch 2020” is about to come to an end according to multiple reports.

Bumpus: Seahawks DE Robinson took advantage of opportunities in camp

On Thursday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans were making strong pushes to get Clowney signed in the next few days so he can report to practice next week.

Clowney, who played for the Seahawks in 2019 after coming to Seattle from the Houston Texans for a third-round pick and two players, appeared in 13 games and had three sacks. He looked dominant at times, such as in a Week 10 overtime win over the then-undefeated San Francisco 49ers, but he suffered a core injury that week that caused him to miss three games and he wasn’t playing at 100% from that point on.

When Clowney came to Seattle, the team agreed not to place the franchise tag on him so he could test free agency. The Seahawks have reportedly made offers to Clowney, but he was initially seeking a long-term deal worth over $20 million per year. He has since lowered that asking price and will reportedly accept a one-year deal, but teams have, so far, been unwilling to meet his demands.

Clowney has been linked to the Seahawks, Titans, Saints and the Cleveland Browns, who reportedly offered him at least $17 million, but Clowney reportedly turned that down. Titans head coach Matt Vrabel, who coached Clowney in Houston, told reporters Friday that Tennessee has an offer extended to Clowney.

On Friday, Russini said that Clowney will likely make his decision after teams are through cutting rosters down to 53 players so teams have more money to spend on him.

Other reporters quickly turned to Clowney on Thursday, with NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport saying that the Seahawks were also monitoring the 27-year-old defensive end and former No. 1 overall pick.

Russini later reported that Clowney’s asking price was still too high for the Seahawks, and that the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have traded or released most of their better players as they conduct a rebuild, were also monitoring the situation.

Russini and most reporters have tabbed the Saints as the favorites to land Clowney as they appear to be the most aggressive in their pursuit of him, but is New Orleans ultimately the place Clowney would want to be?

Former NFL quarterback Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle’s Tom, Jake and Stacy was asked if a return to the Seahawks was still Clowney’s top choice.

“I believe so,” he said Friday afternoon. “I believe when it all comes together, there has been frustration in terms of contract negotiations. I think when you look at Clowney and what he was hoping the Seahawks would be willing to do, the Seahawks were underwhelming in that regard.”

But Heaps doesn’t see those negotiations earlier in the offseason having too much of a negative impact on if the team tries to re-sign Clowney in the next few days. Heaps also said money shouldn’t be an issue, and that the team has pieces it desperately missed last year, which could entice Clowney to sign on.

“When push comes to shove, I think the Seahawks are going to be able to provide a similar contract to what anyone else is going to be able to offer,” he said. “And I think that you can look at this roster if you’re Clowney and see how it has been improved and how the group of guys that they have on defense can help him be a more effective and more dominant player, when you add the likes of (2019 All-Pro safety) Jamal Adams and you bring in other valid  pass rushers like (edge rushers) Benson Mayowa and Bruce Irvin, that is going to help you because last year, he had no help.”

Listen to all Tom, Jake and Stacy podcasts here.

Follow 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps on Twitter.

Moore: 9 Seahawks thoughts, predictions and observations before cut day

Jake and Stacy

Seahawks DK Metcalf...
Brent Stecker

Rost: Why the state of the Seahawks should be setting off alarms

Stacy Rost of 710 ESPN Seattle's detailed all the factors that make the Seahawks' 2-4 start to the season such a big story.
19 hours ago
Seahawks Gerald Everett...
Jake Heaps

Heaps: How Seahawks can — and why they need to — get TEs more involved

In his latest Chalk Talk video breakdown, Jake Heaps looks at the encouraging use of tight ends by the Seahawks against the Steelers.
4 days ago
Seahawks RB Alex Collins...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: Seahawks ‘don’t really have a choice’ but to be a run-first team

Whether the Seahawks want to be a run-first offense or not, Jake Heaps explains why they don't really have any choice but to try right now.
5 days ago
Seahawks Tre Brown...
Brandon Gustafson

Heaps: Have the Seahawks found the answer at CB in rookie Tre Brown?

How encouraging was the play of rookie cornerback Tre Brown for the Seahawks in his first ever NFL game? Jake Heaps breaks it down.
6 days ago
Seahawks Alex Collins...
Stacy Rost

Rost: The good, the bad and the ugly for 2-4 Seahawks

Stacy Rost puts the Seahawks' loss and 2-4 record into perspective, looking at Tre Brown's strong debut, the offense's slow start and more.
7 days ago
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett...
Brandon Gustafson

Tyler Lockett on playing with Seahawks under Geno Smith, where offense must grow

Star Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett joined The Huddle on 710 ESPN Seattle to break down what QB Geno Smith brings to the table.
9 days ago
Heaps: Why the Seahawks are still Jadeveon Clowney’s top choice