We've been waiting all week to find out where Jadeveon Clowney would end up. His free agency process has taken a weird turn in that his market hasn't been what many people expected, including Clowney himself.
The inability to travel and go through physicals due to COVID-19 has surely played a part in that. Clowney is coming off of core muscle surgery, and teams would understandably want to get an in-person look at him before offering a top-dollar contract.
According to Dianna Russini, Clowney has been holding out for a deal worth $20 million annually. Those offers still aren't coming, which has led Clowney to consider one-year deals in order to recoup some of his value and hit the market once again in 2021, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Now, Jake Heaps of 710 ESPN Seattle is reporting that not only are Clowney's current offers below his desired $20 million APY, they're well below that mark.
Apparently the Seahawks initial offer was in the $13-14 million range and could end up topping out in the $15-16 million range.
Talking with @thepick6com and verifying their source I can confirm this tweet.
Not surprised to see the #Seahawks starting offer in 13-14M range on a 1-2 year deal. @JohnClaytonNFL and I on @710ESPNSeattle over the week have the belief the deal will end up being 15-16M range. https://t.co/Wnexo7unYl— Jake Heaps (@jtheaps9) March 21, 2020
That seems to all but assure that a potential deal will end up being for just one year. And as Mike Florio of Pro Football Focus has indicated, it sounds like the Seahawks and Clowney are getting closer to agreeing to terms.
Hearing some chatter that Jadeveon Clowney and the Seahawks are moving toward a new deal.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 21, 2020
Bringing Clowney back has always been a crucial part of Seattle's offseason plans. Getting him to return at that number would be a coup. However, should it end up being a one-year deal, we'll be going through this pass rush merry-go-round all over again next offseason as this won't be a long-term solution. In addition, should Clowney play an injury-free season and put up at least eight sacks, his price tag will skyrocket.
But that's a tomorrow problem for the Seahawks. For now they can take a sigh of relief that they landed the premier pass rusher that they so desperately needed in 2020. A trio of Clowney, Bruce Irvin and Jarran Reed should be formidable, especially if Shaquem Griffin and Rasheem Green can contribute as part of the rotation.
What will be interesting to see is whether or not Seattle still opts to pursue free agent Everson Griffen or trade targets Yannick Ngakoue and Matt Judon.