According to Martin, Clowney was initially asking for around $20 million per year and reportedly turned down multiple offers of $15 million or more.
Martin says that some teams believe the longer Clowney waits to sign, he could end up with half his asking price. Beyond that, Martin wonders if Clowney is prepared to take a lot less money or whether he is willing to sit out the whole season.
Clowney waited until the end of August last year to report to the Texans and could take a similar approach this year. He remains the best available free agent on the market and someone who could be an impact addition for a number of teams.
The Titans have been linked to Clowney for months and are still monitoring the situation.
The veteran pass rusher reportedly has the Cowboys or Saints at the top of his personal wish list. Clowney did say that he plans to sign before the start of the season.
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. 20 edge rusher out of 108 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.