NFL Rumors: Latest on Jadeveon Clowney

94WIP Staff
July 01, 2020 - 9:16 am

The offseason is moving slowly for Jadeveon Clowney. The former Seahawks defensive end is still on the market with less than a month until NFL training camps begins.

The latest rumor comes from ESPN's Josina Anderson, who spoke with Clowney on Tuesday about his status.

It is interesting to see how the market has still not developed for Clowney. PFT mentions that team's might be hesitant to sign Clowney because of restrictions that make it difficult for team physicians to conduct physicals. Clowney underwent successful core muscle surgery in late February.

Clearly, there is a distinction between the market value for the pass rusher and his demands. Back in April, Clowney dropped his asking price to $17-18 million per season. For perspective, Fletcher Cox, who is the 8th highest paid defensive linemen in the league, will make $17.1 million next season.

The Eagles have been linked to Clowney and were rumored to have offered him a contract in early May, and teams like the Seahawks, Browns, Titans, and Ravens have expressed interest in him as well.

Earlier this week, 94WIP's Eliot Shorr-Parks explored the possibility of the Eagles signing Clowney. He proposed a modest one-year, $8 million dollar deal. While Clowney would likely not sign for that little, he has said he is open to a one-year deal with a playoff contenting team. Here is more from ESP:

Analysis: I honestly don’t have a ton of interest in bringing Clowney in, and the offer certainly reflects that. His career has been pretty inconsistent and there are some health concerns as well. I wouldn’t even make an offer if it weren’t for the team’s big need at defensive end. 

If Clowney is looking for a one-year, prove-it deal to try to increase his value and cash in next offseason, however, I’d consider having it happen with the Eagles. 

Clowney can line up anywhere along the defensive line, and although his sack numbers have not been great, he still strikes fear into opposing offensive coordinators and quarterbacks. It would be interesting to see how Jim Schwartz would use him, and in a system that is pass-rusher friendly, how Clowney would play. Simply put the Eagles are a better team with Clowney on it, and considering the goal right now should be Carson Wentz into the playoffs and a win under his belt, that makes it is worth exploring what it might take to bring him in. 

At $8 million for one season, the Eagles would get a potential impact player at a low cost, not completely mess up their salary cap situation and have the right to negotiate with him next offseason first. Nobody has signed Clowney yet, so as crazy as the offer sounds, taking less to come to an ideal situation might be Clowney's best move.