The Ravens are Super Bowl contenders and one of the top teams in the AFC, but could use an additional pass rusher. Pauline adds Clowney believes a return to a 3-4 scheme would be a boon to his stats which dipped last year in Seattle’s 4-3 defense.
For Baltimore, the departure of S Earl Thomas freed up some additional cap flexibility this year, particularly if the team is successful in its move to void Thomas’ $10 million in guarantees for conduct detrimental to the team.
Pauline mentions the Steelers have also poked around Clowney. However, Pittsburgh is hard up against the cap and wouldn’t be able to afford Clowney’s asking price unless either he agreed to lower it or Pittsburgh swung a trade to move OLB Bud Dupree.
Pauline notes Clowney remains in no rush to sign as he’s not interested in going through training camp with a team.
“He had an issue with training camp when he was with Houston,” Pauline said. “He’s going to wait until the end of training camp unless someone blows him away with a huge contract.”
The last word on Clowney was that teams were still having issues with his asking price. Clowney reportedly turned down multiple offers worth at least $15 million a year and most teams have spent the bulk of their free-agent budget by now.
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.