Fowler, citing sources around the league, reports that Cleveland “got closer” to signing Clowney than other suitors, but its unclear how much progress was made towards a deal.
Although the Seahawks were interested in re-signing Clowney, Fowler adds that their offer hasn’t been what he’s looking for.
Earlier this week, the Titans were a team reportedly interested in Clowney. (NFLTR)
Reports had said Clowney was looking for around $20 million per year this offseason, but ESPN’s Dianna Russini says Clowney’s asking price has moved closer to $17-$18 million a year.
Clowney, 27, is a former No. 1 overall pick of the Texans back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $22.272 million contract when the Texans picked up his fifth-year option which paid him $12.306 million for the 2018 season.
Houston franchised Clowney last year before trading him to the Seahawks at the start of the regular season.
In 2019, Clowney 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. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2o edge rusher out of 108 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.