Jadeveon Clowney Lowers Asking Price

As Week 3 of free agency begins, Jadeveon Clowney remains available. And in an acknowledgement his market has not shaped up the way he anticipated, the former No. 1 overall pick is lowering his asking price.

Clowney no longer seeks $20MM per year; he would accept a deal closer to $17-$18MM AAV, Diana Russini of ESPN.com tweets.

The three-time Pro Bowler has dealt with knee problems at multiple junctures of his career, including microfracture surgery in 2014, and underwent core-muscle surgery after dealing with a midsection issue for much of his Seahawks season. Teams being unable to host Clowney on visits or have their medical staffs examine him in this unusual offseason may well be playing into this delay.

The 27-year-old edge defender has been most closely connected to the Seahawks, and Russini adds they remain interested. But 11 days after a report indicated the sides were close on a deal, he remains in free agency. The Jets have engaged in discussions with Clowney, per GM Joe Douglas. The Titans did as well, and Russini notes they are still interested in adding Clowney. Tennessee previously added ex-Atlanta defensive end Vic Beasley, and he would be in line to start opposite Harold Landry. Seattle features a bigger need on the edge and is still waiting on Clowney, to the point it may be interfering in a potential deal with Everson Griffen.

While the Colts, Cowboys and Giants have been connected to Clowney as well, nothing has emerged on those fronts in many days. Despite a need for a defensive end opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys are not expected to pursue Clowney. This makes sense given Lawrence’s $20MM-per-year salary. The Giants have not made much headway regarding their need at edge rusher, signing Kyler Fackrell. Clowney was believed to be interested in joining the Giants, but the team is not chasing a high-priced pass rusher.

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        • greenbowlpacker

          They can’t afford both at this point. I would sign the cheaper griffen and move on from clowney. Seahawks can’t really afford more than 13-15 on clowney. They did free up about 5 million more but giving him 17-18 is gonna be tight.

          • braotis1585

            They could if the cut Britt, they already cut Dickson and Thompson. If they lost Britt they could afford both.

  1. bens04ter

    he truly isn’t worth 17 let alone 20…Griffin is a more talented push rusher with proven sacks at 6-7 m per year

  2. fivetwos

    Sacks are an overrated stat.

    Sometimes the pressure of one guy allows another to record a sack.

    Also some guys get doubled and chipped, some dont.

    All I know is if Clowney is lining up against you, youd better account for him. Griffin? Yeah whatever.

    • jkoms57

      True on sacks. Bud Dupree got like 12 sacks last year but is overall worthless at creating pressure.

      I’d be worried about JC’s injury history tho.

  3. DaBeav

    How does this guy think he’s worth that kind of money? The guy couldn’t break double digits in sacks playing with JJ Watt.

      • Watt was getting the double teams when they were on the same team. Clowney was the beta on the d line.

        • jkoms57

          What was that like 1 game?

          One or the other was always out.

          Wasn’t it like 3 years until they played a snap together?

  4. crosseyedlemon

    I’ve always believed there is more downside than upside to negotiating a contract in public view rather than privately. Clowney is a good example of what can happen if you overplay your leverage. Now he will have to negotiate from a defensive position (no pun intended) to save face.

  5. phillyballers

    5/85? Depends on the guarantees. Does he do a 1/17M? Might want to do at least 2/34M with the economy.

  6. crazylarry

    I think the Hawks need to go all Belicheat here and walk away. Pete Carrol always gets the max out of who ever plays for him. He over played his hand. He is a Clown.

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