It was almost exactly one year ago when the Seahawks pulled off a blockbuster trade and acquired Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans. The deal occurred on cut day, and Clowney showed up in the Pacific Northwest just in time for a few practices before making his debut in Week 1.
He’s now looking at a similar time frame, given that this story is being written on Aug. 20 and training camps across the league are more than half over. That’s assuming, of course, that Clowney will sign somewhere before the regular season begins (something that isn’t a guarantee at this point).
Duane Brown, Clowney’s former teammate in Houston, was part of the welcome wagon upon the pass rusher’s arrival in Seattle last season. The two had spoken prior to the trade about how Brown enjoyed playing for the Seahawks and he expected Clowney would, too.
Brown said he’s kept in touch with Clowney through his bizarre tenure as a free agent, but Seattle’s left tackle is just as in the dark as the rest of us in regard to how this saga will end.
“I’ve talked to him a little bit – not trying to pressure him into making a decision, just to keep in touch with him,” Brown said, noting that Clowney is doing well. “He’s like a little brother to me. Just making sure he’s good, his family is good. He’s working. He’s in shape. I’m just waiting to see how this thing plays out. If we have him back, that would be great. If not, I understand the business side of it.”
It’s pretty evident that Clowney’s gamble to wait out the market hasn’t worked. He’s reportedly turned down an $18 million offer from the Browns and a $15 million offer from the Seahawks. It’s hard to imagine he’ll get anything remotely close to that kind of money at this point.
Which means this will come down to whether or not Clowney can swallow his pride, admit defeat and salvage whatever money is left on the table. And if he decides that money isn’t worth putting his body through the rigors of an NFL season? Then that would be perfectly reasonable, albeit not from a financial standpoint.
So, like Brown, we will continue to wait and see how this ends. But the clock is ticking if Clowney has any hopes of playing somewhere in Week 1.