AFC Notes: Browns, Ravens, Steelers



  • Jason La Canfora reports that the word around the agent community is that the “super lucrative” deal Jadeveon Clowney turned down from the Browns was worth $12 million in terms of base value. 
  • Multiple executives tell La Canfora that they could see Clowney getting around $8 – $10 million per year at this point in free agency. 
  • Ravens OLB Matt Judon just agreed to a franchise tender of $16.8 million, but La Canfora can’t see a team offering this kind of money unless a team loses an elite defender to injury. 


  • The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec thinks the Ravens could prioritize an extension for CB Marlon Humphrey over LT Ronnie Stanley because they could save more cap by doing a deal for Humphrey sooner. 
  • As far as Stanley saying money isn’t the most important thing to him in reference to his ongoing negotiations, Zrebiec says not to interpret that as a willingness to take a massive discount. 
  • Ravens HC John Harbaugh mentioned the offseason additions of DL Calais Campbell, Derek Wolfe, Justin Madubuike and Broderick Washington were made with the idea of stopping stretch running plays that hurt Baltimore in 2019. 
  • Zrebiec points out, for what it’s worth, 2019 fifth-round DL Daylon Mack was not mentioned by Harbaugh, which could indicate he faces an uphill climb for a roster spot. 
  • Harbaugh also said one, if not both, of undrafted rookie TEs Jacob Breeland or Eli Wolf will make the final roster. 


  • Per NFL Media’s Aditi Khinkhabwala, Steelers RB James Conner says he’s aware of his situation going into the final year of his deal in 2020. Pittsburgh has declined to extend him because of injury concerns but Conner isn’t changing his playstyle: “I’m not playing for a contract, or playing not to get hurt… I’m playing to win.”
  • Conner recovered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in college and was immunocompromised at one point, but he says he’s not at any more risk than anyone else for COVID-19: “I’m 100 percent. I had a weak immune system four years ago, its not weak anymore.” (Khinkhabwala)
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