What’s the latest with Jadeveon Clowney and the Seahawks?
It’s been a while since we last heard anything regarding the possibility that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney winds up returning to the Seahawks in free agency and, according to one report, it sounds as if the two sides haven’t spoken in quite some time.
Josina Anderson, who just recently parted ways with ESPN, said on Twitter that while the Seahawks would love to have Clowney, 27, back in the mix for the 2020 campaign, financially it’s not looking great for a reunion.
Re latest reports on Jadeveon Clowney & #Seahawks: Was just told while Seattle remains open to Clowney returning, the economic situation has notably changed over last couple months since both sides spoke. The starting pt would be very different. Still, not in the air right now.
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 10, 2020
When the offseason began, the Seahawks had a good amount of cap room and it looked like a reunion was likely since Clowney and the team made clear their mutual admiration following his one season in Seattle. But Clowney wanted to test the open market and as the Seahawks waited for Clowney to accept their offer, other pass rushers signed with teams.
General manager John Schneider said prior to the draft that while the door was open as far as Clowney returning, the team couldn’t wait any longer to address the pass rush. The Seahawks signed both Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, who combined for more than 15 sacks in 2019 and then drafted Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson in the second and fifth rounds, respectively. After a flurry of moves, the Seahawks sit at roughly $14 million in cap space according to OverTheCap.
Anderson’s report of Clowney and the Seahawks not talking in months comes on the heels of what was the latest update regarding Clowney and salaries that we’d heard in quite some time, which came from ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio.
Speaking earlier this month to 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes vs. The World, which is based out of Washington D.C., Florio said that he’d heard that Clowney was offered a one-year, $15 million deal to rejoin the Seahawks while adding that another team had apparently offered Clowney even more money than that.
“My understanding is the Seahawks have been in the range of $15 million on a one-year deal for Jadeveon Clowney,” Florio said according to 247Sports. “The Seahawks have been led to believe that the Browns offered $18 (million), and he has yet to take that.”
If you take what Florio said as fact regarding Seattle’s offer to Clowney and that Anderson said the two sides haven’t spoken in months, it’s likely that the Seahawks’ offer is dated and may not be on the table anymore, especially as the team doesn’t even have $15 million in available cap space.
Regarding the Browns, Cleveland was seen as another team that could be in play for Clowney earlier in the offseason and ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said at one point earlier in the offseason that the two sides got closer to a deal than anyone else had.
Another team that had been seen as a likely destination was the Tennessee Titans, as their head coach Mike Vrabel was one of Clowney’s defensive coaches in Houston. According to the Titans’ official website, general manager Jon Robinson said the two sides hadn’t spoken of late but they were continuing to monitor the situation while adding that he felt Clowney would be a good fit for Tennessee.
After starting the offseason as arguably the top non-quarterback in free agency, Clowney remains the top defensive player still on the market. Coming off a season where he battled a core injury and had just three sacks, Clowney had reportedly been seeking a long-term deal worth over $20 million annually. When it became clear that wasn’t happening due to a mixture of his injury history and the fact that he couldn’t visit teams or get a medical because of the coronavirus, he reportedly lowered his asking price to the $17-18 million range.
If it’s true that Cleveland did indeed offer $18 million or close to it, it sounds like that’s been Clowney’s best offer to date. Clowney said after the season he wanted to play for a contender, so that could be why he apparently didn’t take the Browns’ offer since teams he’s talked to like Seattle and Tennessee were playoff teams last year.
So, like most of the offseason, we shall sit and wait on Jadeveon Clowney to decide what his next step is. There’s a likelihood that he is waiting for teams to return to their facilities and allow for visits so he can do a workout and take a physical.