Russini adds that both teams are making pitches for him and would want to have him on the field by Monday.
Tom Pelissero reports that New Orleans is sending an “all-out blitz” to try to sign Clowney, who has spoken multiple times with head coach Sean Payton.
However, Pelissero says there are at least two other teams in the mix to add Clowney. Ian Rapoport adds that the Seahawks are still monitoring the situation.
Nader Mirfiq reported earlier that the Saints and Clowney are working on a few contract details and should have a deal in place by Monday.
Russini also says that while the price is still too high for the Seahawks, the Jaguars are also monitoring the situation as it unfolds.
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 have been 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.