Jadeveon Clowney

Report: Jadeveon Clowney turned down aggressive offer from Cleveland Browns 

Report: Jadeveon Clowney turned down aggressive offer from Cleveland Browns 

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. 

“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.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Blocking Jadeveon Clowney is ‘like trying to block a running iguana on water’

Blocking Jadeveon Clowney is ‘like trying to block a running iguana on water’

It’s been nearly two months since NFL free agency began and Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent. 

The star pass-rusher hasn’t ruled out a return to the Seattle Seahawks and GM John Schneider hasn’t closed the door on the idea either, but that doesn’t mean other teams aren’t clamoring to the idea of adding the three-time Pro Bowler to their roster. 

Enter Philadelphia, a team rumored to be interested in acquiring Clowney’s services. In fact, the Eagles may have already put in an offer on the former No. 1 pick, per sports radio host Dan Sileo.  

On the latest episode of Outside the Lane podcast, Eagles tackle Lane Johnson asks former Eagles defender Chris Long what he thinks about Clowney flocking to Philly. Long shared an interesting take on the rumored interest and Clowney’s hit on quarterback Carson Wentz in the NFC Wild Card game last season.

LANE: There's some rumors in the pass rush world about a free agent maybe, possibly, coming into town.

LONG: Oh yeah, Clowney. Yeah, I like Clowney, man. I really do. I know that, like, the whole thing last year happened, and you guys didn't retaliate.

LANE: What can you do?

LONG: You can try to block him harder, I guess.

LANE: He's like trying to block a running iguana on water, son. He gets low, and then them arms and legs just...

The helmet-to-helmet contact between Clowney and Wentz was ruled incidental by officials, and he was not fined. However, that didn’t stop Eagles fans and players from criticizing the former Seahawk, who made it clear the play wasn’t targeting.  

[RELATED: Eagles fans have some harsh words for Jadeveon Clowney]

“It was a bang bang play,” Clowney said after the game. “I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun. My intention was not to hurt him, I was just playing fast.”  

Wentz told NBC Sports Philadelphia last week that he doesn't believe Clowney's hit in January was a "cheap shot." He also went on to say Clowney would be a welcomed addition to the squad if it’s a move the Eagles needed to make. 

“That’s football,” Wentz said. “It was an unfortunate way to end the season for me personally, but I have respect for Jadeveon, he’s a heck of a player.

“I don’t think he had any ill will with that hit. That’s part of football. But he’s a heck of a player, so I trust Howie [Roseman] to make the right decisions to make our team the best we can be.”

Eagles fans, on the other hands, aren't so quick to forgive Clowney. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells.

John Schneider: We made a strong push to try to re-acquire Jadeveon Clowney

John Schneider: We made a strong push to try to re-acquire Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney remains on the open market.

The former first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft anticipated a "market-setting" contract entering free agency but that type of money has not been offered to him yet.

Seattle has reportedly been unwilling to offer Clowney the deal he seeks of $20 million annually, instead opting for a one-year $15 million offer, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

In an appearance on 105.7 The Fan, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said that Clowney remaining unsigned hasn't been for lack of trying, but in the end, the franchise needed to move forward with a door open for a potential return. 

“We made a strong push to try to re-acquire Jadeveon. When we made the trade, we had made a trade with Houston where part of the agreement was that we would not franchise him as we headed into this offseason. And it’s been such an odd offseason with all these free agents. You know, we had the early period, and everything was fine there, but the longer these negotiations go, there’s not a ton of urgency,” Schneider said. “But we made a strong pitch to try to re-acquire him. We had to have a date to go about our business and continue to build this team. He knows the doors not closed, so yeah, he did a really nice job for us. Heck of a player, obviously.”

Schneider's interview comes after Clowney broke his silence amidst the whole process, in an interview with Mark Berman of FOX 26 in Houston, claiming he's fully healthy following undergoing core surgery.

“I just want to let people know I’m ready,” Clowney said. “I’ll be ready to go whenever the time comes, and whatever team I sign with will get the best version of me.”

“He’s extremely healthy,” added Clowney’s trainer Danny Arnold. “He’s on point from where we came from as far as coming off that sports hernia surgery to now. We’re so aggressive with everything right now.”

Seattle could use a healthy Clowney. Despite only recording 4.5 sacks in 2019, Pro Football Focus gave him an 80.8 overall grade in 2019, the second-best of his career.

With the money he's seeking not being offered, some have speculated the game of chicken could go 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 and having surgery this offseason.

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.”

Additionally in his appearance with Berman, Clowney reiterated that he enjoyed his time in the Pacific Northwest.

“I loved Seattle when I was there this last year,” Clowney said. “I loved everybody on the coaching staff. I wouldn’t trade them guys in. I hope we can work something out if anything happens. I did like it up there. I love Russ. I loved all the guys I played with.”

Seattle feels the same way about Clowney and we all hope to see him return to the city in 2020. 

 

Did Jarran Reed just signal Jadeveon Clowney is not returning to Seattle?

Did Jarran Reed just signal Jadeveon Clowney is not returning to Seattle?

UPDATE (April 30, 1:30pm): 

Seahawks GM John Schneider said this on ESPN 710 in Seattle Thursday morning in regards to Reed taking No. 90 back--  "I don’t remember approving that yet, so I don’t know. I don’t know where that came from."

Reed took to Twitter saying he didn't know he needed Schneider's stamp of approval and then deleted his Twitter account. 

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Jarran Reed had worn the No. 90 dating back to his days in an Alabama uniform. He continued donning the coveted No. 90 jersey with the Seattle Seahawks from 2016-18.

That is, until last season when he sold it to pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney. 

On Wednesday morning, Reed confirmed he’d be taking over the No. 90 once again, signaling the possibility that Clowney’s time in Seattle has come to a close. 

“To clarify all questions yes I am back in number 90,” Reed said in a post via Twitter.

After he was traded to the Seahawks via the Houston Texans in 2019, Clowney paid the Seahawks defensive tackle to acquire No. 90. Let’s just say, it came with a cost.

“I’ll let him tell you when he gets back,” Clowney told 710 ESPN Seattle when asked for details. “It wasn’t cheap, I’ll tell you that.”

While Clowney likely planned on a long-term purchase of the number in Seattle, he is now a free agent. Before the draft, Seahawks general manager John Schneider made it clear that the door is not closed on re-signing Clowney, but that Seattle needed to move forward with its plans for the upcoming season and conduct business. 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, echoed Schneider’s sentiments, adding that the team would remain 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,” Carroll said. “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.”

Seattle added two key defensive players during the 2020 NFL Draft in Darrell Taylor, who they traded up for in the second round, and Alton Robinson in the fifth round.

Nonetheless, the timing of Reed's social media post is telling. Either Reed really wanted his number back, maybe he plans to try and cash in again if Clowney returns or... maybe the Clowney era in Seattle is over. 

Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast with Joe Fann below: 

Seattle or Tennessee: Which is better situated to sign Jadeveon Clowney?

Seattle or Tennessee: Which is better situated to sign Jadeveon Clowney?

NFL free agency began more than a month ago and Seattle Seahawks edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent.

The latest speculation has the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans as the front runners to sign the number one overall draft pick from the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Which side is better suited for Clowney to join? Let's break it down.

Salary Cap

According to Spotrac, the Seattle Seahawks have an estimated $22.8 million remaining in cap space while Tennessee has an estimated $21.6 million. However, Seattle has reportedly been unwilling to offer Clowney the deal he seeks of $20 million annually, instead opting for a one-year $15 million offer, per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

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, the longer the process helps the Seahawks, which leads to the next point.

Medical

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. Seattle, however, had Clowney on their roster for the 2019 season and has access to his medicals, therefore they have more up to date medical information than Tennessee has to work with. The lack of knowledge would increase the Titans' risk in signing him which may make them more hesitant to give Clowney a massive contract.

Roster Composition

Tennesse ranked 13th in sacks last season with 43, led by edge-rushing linebacker Harold Landry III with 9.0. They'll also field defensive ends Amani Bledsoe, Jack Crawford, Matt Dickerson, Reggie Gilbert, plus linebackers Kamalei Correa, Vic Beasley, and Derrick Roberson. 

The Titans did not draft a pass rusher in the 2020 NFL Draft with any of their six selections. 

Seattle ranked 29th in sacks with just 28, led by Rasheem Green with four. Clowney had three in the regular season but an additional 1.5 in the postseason. 

The Seahawks drafted edge rusher Darrell Taylor from Tennessee who had 8.5 sacks in 2019 despite playing through a stress fracture in his shin, in addition to edge rusher Alton Robinson from Syracuse who posted 115 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in three seasons. They also signed pass rushers Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa, who combined for 15.5 sacks in 2019. 

Both teams could use Clowney as a pass rusher but it's a more immediate need for Seattle. 

Desire to win

After losing in the division round at Green Bay, Clowney said that he wants to contend for Super Bowls on his next contract.

"I just want to win," Clowney said. "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."

Seattle came one game short of an NFC West division title which went to eventual NFC Conference Champion San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Titans qualified for the AFC playoffs as the sixth seed and upset the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens to make the AFC Championship game, where they lost to eventual Super Bowl Champion Kansas City. 

Clowney should be playing postseason games wherever he chooses to sign between the two options, especially given the playoff field expansion to seven teams per conference. 

Familiarity

Perhaps Seattle's greatest advantage is that Clowney has played a season for them already, which he enjoyed. After cleaning out his locker in January, Clowney dropped by John Schneider's office to express his gratitude and how much he enjoyed playing for the Seahawks, according to Pete Carroll. 

“He loves it here and wants to be here,” Carroll said.

But he does it love it there enough to accept a deal that's below what he's seeking? Time will tell. 

After NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney still a possibility for Seahawks

After NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney still a possibility for 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. 

 

Chances of Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seattle 'slim to none'

Chances of Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seattle 'slim to none'

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. 

Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson wants Jadeveon Clowney back in a Seattle Seahawks uniform next season. 

The Seahawks franchise quarterback took to Instagram on Thursday night while Super Bowl 48 was replaying on NFL Game Pass. During a break in the game, a fan asked Wilson if he could “talk some sense into Clowney.”

Wilson delivered this authentic response: 

“I need you homie,” Wilson said. “Clowney come back. Don’t leave me, don’t Clowney, don’t leave us. We need you bro. Anyways, Clowney, I love playing with you bro. Hopefully we get to do it some more that’s what the fans want.”

Clowney remains the top defensive player in NFL free agency. While his three sacks in 13 games for Seattle didn’t live up to many fans' expectations, his presence had domino effects for the pass rush. He was consistently one of the most disruptive defensive linemen, scoring two defensive touchdowns and 1.5 sacks in the Seahawks' two playoff games. 

The 27-year-old has reportedly dropped his asking price from more than $20 million per season to the $17-18 million range. 

Clowney may not be ready to make a decision yet, but one thing is for certain, Wilson is hoping the three-time Pro Bowler will return to Seattle in 2020. 

Did Madden just leak Jadeveon Clowney signing with the Tennessee Titans on TikTok?

Did Madden just leak Jadeveon Clowney signing with the Tennessee Titans on TikTok?

So.... yikes.

With all the speculation circling about whether All-Pro defensive end Jadeveon Clowney would return to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020 or sign with another team, EA Madden NFL on TikTok may have spoiled something for us.

Their latest video on the popular social media platform TikTok shows several franchise players on their new teams during this NFL Free Agency period: Todd Gurley, waived by the Los Angeles Rams and signed with the Atlanta Falcons; Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles; Melvin Gordon from the Los Angeles Chargers to the Denver Broncos; and it looks like Jadeveon Clowney will sign with the Tennessee Titans...

Not sure how EA would find out first but it's fun to speculate during free agency...

Watch the video here.

So, one of the biggest NFL Free Agency moves left on the board was accidentally spoiled by a TikTok video? How fitting in today's world. However, we are still waiting to hear the official news from Clowney, the Seahawks or a more credible source.

Whoops.

Report: Giants and Colts could have interest in Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney

Report: Giants and Colts could have interest in Seahawks' Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney is expected to hit the free agent market in March, and unsurprisingly there are several teams already interested in acquiring his services. 

ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Thursday that both the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts could be potential suitors for the 27-year-old star pass rusher if he hits the free agent market.

This news comes on the heels of another report from Anderson, who says Clowney told her he would “definitely like to return,” to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, but is also “open to new opportunities if it comes down to that.” 

While Clowney’s comments aren’t surprising for an impending unrestricted free agent, he did make it clear at the end of the season that joining a Super Bowl contender was a priority for him. 

“I want to get that Super Bowl, by any means,” Clowney told NBC Sports Northwest’s Joe Fann. “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.” 

The Seahawks definitely fall into the category of contenders considering their impressive playoff streak. Seattle has made the playoffs seven of the last eight years and advanced to the Divisional Round in six of those occasions. Both the Colts (7-9) and Giants (4-12) missed the playoffs last season. 

At the NFL Combine this week, Seahawks general manager John Schneider echoed coach Pete Carroll’s sentiments back in January: Seattle wants to keep Clowney. 

"I think he came in, he loved the culture, loved the coaching staff, loves the chefs, loves our equipment guys," Schneider said. "He's a really fun guy. He's a blast to be around and I hope we can continue that. Super disruptive."

Schneider also added that the team will meet with Clowney’s agent, Bus Cook, while at the combine and would like the opportunity to match any offer Clowney receives elsewhere. 

In six seasons in the NFL, Clowney has 32 sacks, 80 quarterback hits and 252 pressures. His production in Seattle, however, was a career low. The three-time Pro Bowler posted just 3.5 sacks and an interception while battling a core muscle injury, which he underwent successful surgery on in recent months. 

There’s clearly mutual interest to get a deal done back in Seattle, but it comes down to whether or not the Seahawks have the money to make it happen. Clowney is expected to carry a price tag of around $20 million annually. The Seahawks are said to have nearly $45 million in cap space following the signing of veteran tight end Greg Olsen, per Over The Cap. If the Seahawks can’t afford to retain Clowney’s services, it won't stop him from getting one the league's richest contracts this March.