The Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes may be reaching its end.
More than five months after the free-agency period opened, the star defensive end could finally have a home — and not with the Seattle Seahawks.
The New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans have emerged as front runners for Clowney’s services over the last 24 hours, as both teams hope to have the former No. 1 overall pick in their building by Monday for Week 1 prep, according to multiple national news outlets.
New Orleans has dispatched an “all-out blitz” to try to sign Clowney, according to a report Thursday from the NFL Network, and Titans coach Mike Vrabel told reporters Friday that the team has extended Clowney an offer and been in touch with him and his agent.
ESPN reported later Friday that Clowney has been “advised” to wait for the cutdown period over the weekend to end before making a decision on his home for 2020; the thought process being the Saints and Titans — as well as other potentially interested teams — could have more money to offer him. But the consensus seems to be that the drawn out free-agency process could be over by the end of the weekend.
So where are the Seahawks in all of this? Well, it doesn’t appear that their stance has changed the last few months. Their approach: keeping a door open on the possibility of re-signing Clowney, but they won’t break the bank to do so. General manager John Schneider first indicated such back in April.
Early in free agency, it was reported that Clowney wanted in the ballpark of $20 million per year. The Seahawks reportedly offered $15 million in June, which was turned down. And ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Thursday that his price is “still too high” for Seattle.
Asked about the possibility of a renewed pursuit of Clowney on Thursday, coach Pete Carroll smirked and said, “Always compete. Always compete.” So that didn’t tell us much.
An NFL Network report said the Seahawks were “monitoring” Clowney, amid indications that he could be in serious talks with other teams.
Clowney had 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, three pass breakups and an interception in 13 games with the Seahawks last season. His low sack number has been believed to be a reason why he hasn’t found a suitor to meet his contract demands — as well as durability concerns, stemming (in part) from his core-muscle injury sustained last season — but he’s been one of the most disruptive players in the NFL for the last several years. He ranked amongst the league’s best in pass-rush win rate last season.
Seattle acquired Clowney from the Houston Texans in a blockbuster deal last August.