Jadeveon Clowney bet on himself and that may have been a huge mistake


Jadeveon Clowney was one of the most sought after free agents heading into the 2020-21 NFL season. 

Now, on the verge of becoming a free agent once again into the 2021-22 season, he may be hard pressed to find a lucrative offer and will certainly have trouble getting a multi-year deal.

On Sunday, Clowney underwent season-ending surgery to repair his left meniscus, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Clowney will be rehabbing for several months and will hit the free agent market once again.

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He had zero sacks with the Tennessee Titans in eight games.

It’s a disappointing end for Clowney and the Titans, who signed a one-year contract late in the offseason valued at around $13 million in base salary that could have gone as high as $15 million with incentives.


Clowney will not cash in on any of the incentives, which were $500K for 75% of playing time, $250K for 75% playing time and playoffs, $250K for making the Pro Bowl and $1M for recording 10 sacks. 

It initially seemed like the Titans got a good deal.

From 2016-18, the edge rusher tallied 24.5 sacks. In 2019, while with the Seattle Seahawks, Clowney was hampered by a core muscle injury and appeared in just 13 games and recorded three sacks. 

No matter, though. Clowney looked to command upwards of $18-20M on the open market. 

And it seemed a number of teams were willing to foot the bill. 

The Raiders, Browns, Texans and Seahawks were all among the teams interested in the edge rusher’s services. 

According to SI’s Corbin Smith, the Seahawks made Clowney a multi-year offer at 18.5 million annually. 

When Clowney signed for less money and for just one year, he was betting on himself.

It was an incredible risk then, and it’s proving to be a costly mistake.  

Clowney may have cost himself tens of millions of dollars.