Both Clowney and Ryan are among the top remaining free agents still available and would be a huge boost to Tennessee’s defense if they are brought in, or brought back in Ryan’s case.
Both players are also still on the market because teams so far have been hesitant to meet their contract demands.
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. She adds the Seahawks are also still interested.
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. Some have said Clowney might wait to sign until training camp.
It’s also 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.
Meanwhile, Ryan has been looking for at least $10 million a year in his new deal, which is what he made for Tennessee last season. He’s also open to signing a short deal and trying again when the market is better.
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.
Ryan, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Patriots back in 2013. He has played out his four-year, $2,773,252 contract with the Patriots before agreeing to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Titans in 2017.
Ryan made base salaries of $10 million and $9.5 million the past two seasons.
In 2019, Ryan appeared in all 16 games for the Titans and recorded 113 tackles, 4.5 sacks, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 18 pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 62 cornerback out of 113 qualifying players.
We have both players included in our Top 100 Available 2020 Free Agents list.