According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, there’s a growing thought around the NFL that Seahawks free agent DE Jadeveon Clowney could take a while to decide on his next team. In fact, Condotta says some wonder if he may wait until training camp to sign with a team.
Clowney is and has been of the best available free agents since the market officially opened a few weeks ago. However, there has been little to no buzz about him and where he could end up in recent days.
Reports had said that Clowney was looking for around $20 million per year this offseason, but it’s clear that this kind of money isn’t out there for him. Condotta mentions that the general consensus is that the Seahawks’ offer to Clowney more in the $13-15 million-per-year range.
A recent report said that Clowney turned down $17 million per year from the Dolphins. Although, other reports explained that no formal offer was made from the Dolphins end.
Clowney is likely impacted by teams being unable to bring players in for physicals, as he’s had knee issues since entering the NFL and had surgery for a core-muscle injury in January.
It’s possible Clowney could opt for another one-year contract and look to hit the market again in 2021 when the cap is projected to take a sizable jump from media contracts.
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 included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.