Three-time Pro Bowl edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney stays one among the highest NFL free agents in the marketplace heading into the summer.
It was noted earlier this spring that Clowney was more likely to re-sign with he Cleveland Browns after he teamed up with Myles Garrett to tally nine sacks a season ago. Nonetheless, nothing has happened on that end yet.
The previous No. 1 overall pick from South Carolina needs to be on the radar of multiple teams heading right into a slow a part of the offseason. He’s not scheme specific, has had a ton of success previously and continues to be relatively young on the age of 29. Below, we have a look at 4 ideal landing spots for Clowney.
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Jadeveon Clowney re-signs with the Cleveland Browns
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This still seems to make probably the most sense. Clowney put up his best performance since 2018 under Joe Woods last season. He gave the impression to be an ideal fit opposite star edge rusher Myles Garrett.
The query here stays funds. Is Clowney still trying to collect a long-term deal? If not, he may be a lucrative short-term contract. Cleveland currently finds itself a league-high $26.96 million under the salary cap. It has the money to re-sign Clowney.
- Jadeveon Clowney contract (2021): one-year, $8 million
It sure looks as if Clowney is a bit greater than that if he were to re-sign with the Browns for one yr. Said deal would likely are available in at $12 million. Will Cleveland pony up he money for that? It stays to be seen.
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Indianapolis Colts bring Jadeveon Clowney back to the AFC South
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In obvious win-now mode after trading for Matt Ryan, there’s a probability that Colts general manager Chris Ballard looks so as to add one other veteran to the combo. Indy already acquired fellow Pro Bowl edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders earlier within the offseason. Teaming him up with Clowney could be all styles of ridiculous.
- Jadeveon Clowney stats (2021): 37 tackles, 19 QB hits, 11 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two forced fumbles
With Clowney/Ngakoue doing their thing out on the sting and All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner dominating inside, the Colts’ defense could be an absolute force in 2022.
Los Angeles Rams go big-game hunting again
We might not put it past the all the time energetic Les Snead to drag one other big-name out of his hat. Earlier this offseason, the defending champions shockingly signed Pro Bowl wide receiver Allen Robinson away from the Chicago Bears. It’s the most recent of several big-ticket names Los Angeles’ general manager has added to the combo over the past several years.
With the Rams having also lost Von Miller to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, there’s actually a necessity out on the sting next to stud defensive tackle Aaron Donald. The difficulty here is slightly obvious. While the Rams wish to pretend the salary cap doesn’t exist, it’s an actual thing across the NFL. Los Angeles finds itself a mere $4.66 million under the cap. Perhaps, the team could restucture the contract of Jalen Ramsey to make this work. Los Angeles can also be in contract extension talks with Donald. Said deal could lower his $26.75 million cap hit for the 2022 season.
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Dallas Cowboys hit home run with Jadeveon Clowney
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The lack of Randy Gregory to the Denver Broncos in free agency actually hurt defensive coordinator Dan Quinn after he led a surprising unit a season ago. No, signing a reclamation project in Dante Fowler Jr. doesn’t change much here. Even after drafting the troubled Sam Williams, there’s actually a necessity out on the sting in Big D.
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Currently $10.93 million under the cap, Dallas isn’t necessarily ready to supply Clowney an enormous one-year deal. Nonetheless, Jerry Jones and Co. could thoroughly opt to sign him to a multi-year contract with a lower cap figure in 2022. Something like two years and $24 million. The cap is about to extend big time in 2023 and Ezekiel Elliott’s contract might come off the books by then.
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