This weekend, Jadeveon Clowney was the most talked-about defensive lineman in the NFL after his departure from the Seattle Seahawks to the Tennessee Titans. He began his career as a Houston Texan with Head Coach Bill O’Brien and linebacker coach/defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel. Clowney made three Pro Bowls and one Second-team All-Pro in his time with Houston, which lasted from 2014 to 2018. After a short campaign in Houston, Clowney was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a third-round pick. This pick was traded to the Raiders for cornerback Gareon Conley, linebacker Barkevious Mingo, and defensive end Jacob Martin in return. When Clowney came to Seattle, the 12th Man was ecstatic to welcome the beast of a man to their team's struggling defensive line.
A Short Stunt
Jadeveon seemed to love Seattle when he arrived and was ready to bring it all for this team. He ended up finishing the season playing 13 games and two postseason games due to an abdominal injury. He brought in a total of three-and-a-half sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered, an interception, and two touchdowns. If you look at these stats from a defensive end perspective, three-and-a-half sacks is not a productive season from a once Second-team All-Pro. If you look at his season from an outside linebacker perspective, it was not too bad. Unfortunately, for Seattle, they were not looking for a three-four outside linebacker. Rather, they needed a monster off the edge. After a loss to the Packers in the divisional round of the postseason, Clowney was set to hit the open market.
Once Clowney hit free agency, players such as Myles Garrett and Joey Bosa were receiving big contract extensions. Both extensions caused the bar for defensive end contracts to become higher, causing Clowney to push for a major contract. Unfortunately for Jadeveon, no team wanted to give him that kind of a contract for a player who was not very productive last season and dealt with injuries. This caused Clowney’s market to diminish, leaving only the Seahawks, Titans, Ravens, and Browns in the running to sign him. According to Brady Henderson of ESPN Seattle, his understanding of the Clowney situation was that the Seahawks had been monitoring the situation. They had been in touch with him and his agent throughout the process. In May, Seattle offered Clowney a $15M deal, which was the max value of his contract with Tennessee. Once Clowney turned down the deal from Seattle, it was no longer on the table. Jadeveon decided he would wait out the market and see if he could bait other teams to increase their offers. The Browns did just that but did not come out successful. Cleveland offered Clowney the choices of a one, two, or three-year deal worth $18M. He declined each offer. It was also noted that Clowney wanted to play for a contender, which explained why he did not sign with Cleveland. Luckily for Clowney, he found a home with a dangerous Tennessee Titans team, as well as his former defensive coordinator in Houston serving as head coach. Jadeveon ended up signing a prove-it one-year deal worth $15M, plus incentives. He will be looking for an extension ahead of the 2022 season.