The Jadeveon Clowney saga could soon be nearing its end. But when?
The three-time Pro Bowler certainly has a lot of potential suitors, but has yet to sign with a team.
Look for a possible signing this weekend or early next week.
According to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the New Orleans Saints are believed to be “all in” on the Pro Bowl defensive end and they are sending a member of their coaching staff to close the deal.
NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo also reported Thursday that the Saints have been in communication with a number of their players in restructuring deals. New Orleans currently has $6,995,646 in cap space, per OverTheCap.
The Saints defensive line would be straight up filthy with the addition of Clowney. The 27-year-old would join star Cameron Jordan and young standouts Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata.
The Saints aren’t the only team who has been courting the star edge rusher. The Cleveland Browns made one, two and three-year deals in the $17-18 million-dollar range for Clowney, but he declined, per Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports.
The Tennessee Titans are also involved in the Clowney sweepstakes. Back in July, Tennessee GM Jon Robinson said he had hoped to get the former No. 1 pick in the Titans facility for a physical. Clowney played through a core muscle injury with the Seahawks and underwent offseason surgery a couple weeks after the season concluded.
Clowney has a past with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who served as the defensive coordinator in Houston during Clowney's best season, an 9.5 sack campaign.
But his recent history in Seattle speaks volumes too. According to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, the team is “always competing,” for Clowney.
Seattle has continued to leave its door open for Clowney while lowering their offer after making other moves. The Seahawks have just under $15 million in cap space with flexibility to create more if they chose to do so.
The six-year veteran has been atop all free agency lists for the extent of the offseason due to his asking price.
His price tag has reportedly decreased from $20 million or more to a number closer to the $17-18 million range. Yahoo!’s Charles Robinson said Seattle’s offer is believed to be in the $12 million range.
With one week to go before the kickoff of the 2020 NFL season, we’re about to find out if Clowney’s patience has paid off or if he pulls a Le’Veon Bell and sits out the season.
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