Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks started the 2019 season with a big splash when they agreed to a deal with the Houston Texans that landed them Pro-Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney was a key part of the Seahawks defense last season, totaling 31 tackles, 3.0 sacks, and forcing four fumbles.

But was his time in Seattle short-lived? 

The free-agent has yet to come to terms on a new deal with Seattle, and the market for his services is far lower than expected. 

As Clowney plays his cards close to the vest, Seattle made moves in the NFL Draft to prepare for a life without him. 

Seattle drafted DE Darrell Taylor in the second round, and added DE Alton Robinson in the fifth.

The moves added depth on the edge and may appear to signal the end of Clowney's time in the Northwest, but that's not the case. 

Seattle continues to leave the door open in hopes of the two agreeing to a deal. 

General Manager John Schneider said of Clowney prior to the draft, “He came in and did a great job for us... We made an effort to re-sign him. The door is not closed, but we couldn’t wait any longer and so we had to conduct business. He knew that. Everything was very cordial.

 

We’ve had great conversations. He’s just going to feel his way through this odd process and we’ll see where that goes. - Seahawks GM John Schneider

In an interview on with the Tacoma News Tribune on Saturday, head coach Pete Carroll echoed Schneider.

Just staying in touch with him, he’s kind of patient with the time frames that are out there and all that, but he knows that the Seahawks are a place that he had some success and that he had a really good time and he contributed to our club and all of that. That’s a pretty good feeling for him being out there still. John will take care of it. If there’s an opportunity that makes sense, we’ll dive back in and pursue it. - Pete Carroll 

Will Clowney return? Only time will tell. Worst case, the Seahawks did what they needed to do on draft night to survive without him.