Jadeveon Clowney said he wanted to play for a contender in 2020, and apparently that contender is not the Cleveland Browns.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Browns made a substantial offer to obtain Clowney’s services, but the star pass rusher was not interested.
.@AdamSchefter just told us that the Browns have offered Jadeveon Clowney the most money and he would be here already if he wanted to be in Cle.— Emmett Golden (@egoldie80) May 27, 2020
“I think they’ve been the most aggressive team with him financially,” Schefter told ESPN Cleveland. “And I just think he has balked at going to Cleveland for whatever reason. I think he’s been hesitant to go because if he wasn’t, he would’ve gone already because it’s the most money. It’s the richest offer on the table and he hasn’t taken it. So why is that? I don’t know. Is that not wanting to be in that city? Is that a lack of belief in the organization? I don’t know what it is.
“But there’s no doubt that Cleveland has offered the most money to date. For whatever reason, he has not been willing to take it so far. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t change, but it hasn’t changed just yet.”
The 27-year-old explained at the end of the 2019 season that his top priority will be to join a contender that will have the chance to compete for a championship immediately.
I want to get that Super Bowl, by any means. That’s what I’m looking for. Who’s going to get me there? I’m not looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain’t gonna fly. I’m not going to fight through it all that just to lose 16 games and go home with my check. I hate that. That ain’t what I’m doing. If I can’t do that – I’m not going to no team that can’t win. —Jadeveon Clowney
Perhaps the Browns, who finished 6-10 in 2019, did not fit Clowney’s criteria.
The three-time Pro Bowler initially entered free agency in search of a contract worth more than $20 million annually. A report from ESPN’s Diana Russini suggested Clowney had dropped his price tag to closer to $17-18 million annually.
Clowney finished his 2019 campaign in Seattle with 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, and three sacks through 13 games last season. As of now, the possibility of the star defensive end returning to Seattle remains on the table.
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