Clowning Around

Nick Baker

By Alex Nordstrom

With much of the sporting world on pause, the NFL free agency market is in full swing and there is still elite talent waiting to be inked to a deal. One of those elite talents is pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney who spent his 2019 season with the Seattle Seahawks. Clowney did not boast his usual pro-bowl numbers, registering only 3 sacks and 31 tackles in 13 games for the Seahawks. Clowney set his bar high no question about that, with him and his team seeking a 22-24 million annual contract in a market for defensive ends that is anything but lucrative this off-season. When no one came knocking at 22-24, Clowney then lowered his asking price to 17-million and since then The Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans are among the teams that have been linked to the defensive end during free agency. According to ESPN Seattle’s John Clayton, Clowney expressed his desire to join a team where he could make a championship run and isn’t opposed to a 1-2 year deal. Seattle started the bidding process by reportedly offering Clowney a 13 million dollar annual contract in march but with it being much lower than the 17 million dollar asking price it seems that Seattle may be out of the running. The Cleveland Browns have the largest cap-space in the NFL at 43-million dollars, and with reports of the Browns parting ways with veteran pass-rusher Oliver Vernon this off-season it could satisfy the need for an elite pass-rusher in Cleveland and Clowney could receive the most money in Cleveland. The 27-year-old South Carolina native is one of few free agents left that has a game-changing impact ability.