All eyes for Seahawks fans have been on the free agency pursuit to re-sign edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, who remains unsigned.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo made an appearance on Puck's show with Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR and provided an update on Seattle's pursuit of Clowney that may not be good news for fans hoping to retain him.
The Seahawks had a really strong offer to him. I don't know how many different kinds of offers there were but I know there was a one-year offer, from what I'm told. You had me guess at it before and I think I guessed a little high. From my understanding it was in the $15 million range. He's still looking in his eyes at $20 million. I know the Browns are involved. I don't know how intimately involved they are but from the standpoint of the Seahawks trying to get him done, get him back, they felt like they couldn't wait anymore.
It's been long reported that Clowney was seeking a "market-setting" contract entering free agency but that type of money has not been offered to him yet. The longer Clowney has to wait, which some speculated could be until the beginning of training camp when teams can check him out with their own doctors. Due to COVID-19 limiting travel, teams cannot check out Clowney and have been hesitant to give him the money he's searching for after dealing with a core muscle injury for much of last season. It's not over until it's over, but Garafolo isn't optimistic.
I don't want to say that they're out on him because who knows what can happen. Clowney can change his mind and lower his price and who knows what. But I know that they had to move about to a couple of contingency plans with Benson Mayowa being one of them.
Last week Seattle signed former 2013 undrafted free agent Benson Mayowa, who will make a fully guaranteed $3 million in 2020 with incentives that could get him up to $4 million, according to Tom Pelissero.
Garafolo does say that the Seahawks did the best they could reasonably do to secure Clowney's re-signing.
I don't know that he's going to be back in Seattle. I would say that the chances are slim to none right now that he'll be back there. They certainly did whatever they could, and if they didn't have the strongest offer they certainly had one that was extremely competitive. Nothing in the realm of what Clowney wants but nobody's living in that realm right now to be honest with you.
After Seattle's season ended, Clowney did say he wanted to play for a contender going forward, which could help Seattle stay in the running.
“I just want to win,” Clowney said after the Seahawks loss to the Packers in January. "I'm trying to get to the Super Bowl by any means. That's what I'm looking for: Who's going to get me there? I ain't looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain't going to fly. I ain't gonna put my body through all of that just to lose no 16 games, go home with my check. I'd hate that, so that ain't what I'm doing.”
If Clowney will re-sign in Seattle, or go to another franchise remains to be seen, and at this point, all Seattle can do is wait to see if he changes his asking price.