Browns Still In Mix For Jadeveon Clowney

Closing in on four months as a free agent, Jadeveon Clowney continues to survey his options. He wants to sign before the season starts, veteran NFL reporter Josina Anderson tweets, but the three-time Pro Bowler’s options remain open.

The team most closely connected to Clowney in recent weeks has not given up its pursuit. The Browns have made multiple offers to the former No. 1 overall pick. Both are still on the table, Mary Kay Cabot of reports. Cleveland is believed to have submitted a one-year offer in the $15MM ballpark, and Cabot adds the team’s multiyear proposal is at or near the top of the list.

Clowney could be using the Browns as leverage, hoping one of the teams he would like to play for bites. He has been linked to being open to playing for both New York teams, and the Cowboys and Saints have entered the equation as teams for which the talented edge defender would prefer to play. As for the Browns, Cabot notes they are not first on Clowney’s list. That said, the veteran Cleveland reporter adds he has not shut the door on a Browns deal either.

At the same time, the Browns are not aggressively pursuing Clowney. They have been discussing a Myles Garrett extension, and those talks can easily lead to Clowney dialogue due to agent Bus Cook representing both pass rushers.

While nothing of note has come from the teams Clowney may be eager to sign with, the Browns, Seahawks, Titans and Eagles have been mentioned as interested parties. Of the non-Browns suitor contingent, the Seahawks may be the most amenable to anteing up. Clowney dropped his price off the $20MM-per-year point early in the offseason, but he continues to wait. So does Olivier Vernon, who looms as a potential hard-luck cap casualty if the Browns land Clowney. The Browns are set to pay Vernon a non-guaranteed $15.25MM base salary this season.

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  1. Lefty_Orioles_Fan

    The Browns should be like Flush Down the Clown
    The hell with him!
    The shipped has sailed!

      • earmbrister

        Oh, Burrow loves to run his mouth and say all sorts of racist things.

        He needs to come out from under his pointy hood and from behind his keyboard. Go into whatever hood he likes to disparage and talk out loud.

        Crickets from Mr klan

      • harden-westbrook-mvps

        I think burrow just likes to talk trash about his own mother here.

  2. markdavisbarber

    I bet Clowney is waiting for a DE on a contender to contract COVID. Just like QB’s wait for a pre season injury.

  3. jb19

    Nothing like a free agent rejecting an offer multiple times. Really gets started on the right foot with a new team.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m still trying to figure out how he got his hands on Dez Bryant’s playbook for negotiating a new contract.

  4. Why is a $12 million dollar man (top market value based on production) expecting $20 million? Clowney, you’re so not worth it.

  5. jetup12

    The Browns look like a guy in a stag line hoping the girl chooses him but she’s checking all the other guys first and she’s not that hot to begin with.

    • Wally-the-green-monster

      He’ll go to Dallas on a one year deal like Quinn did. A big year means a payday.

  6. DXC

    If Clowney really believes in his talent, and that teams shouldn’t worry about his uneven production to date, he should jump on the Browns offer (reported) of 15 mm for one year. Nothing better / close is likely to come along. Pile up numbers and hit the market again without the red flags. Maybe he’s as skeptical of that as the teams.

  7. Polish Hammer

    Just embarrassing at this point, have some dignity. It’s like chasing after a girl no one is chasing and she keeps disrespecting you. They’ve made it known they’re pursuing him, they’ve made a good offer, and they keep dogging the Browns. Walk away!

    • Ak185

      Well, I think they knew their first offer wasn’t any good. Despite what the posters here think, $12 million is below market value for any free agent pass rusher with name recognition, deserving or not. In Clowney’s case, it’s $4 million below what he was making last year. The Browns knew it was a low offer, especially considering what Clowney wanted, but they also knew that there weren’t many other suitors, so they gave it a shot. Can’t blame them for trying to get it done on the cheap, but they knew Clowney wouldn’t take it.

      I think he’d take a multi-year $15 million offer for a team he likes, or a $16-18 million one year deal. The Browns are obviously a team he doesn’t prefer, so they’d likely need a $17 million or higher offer to get him. I think Clowney thinks of $15 million as his baseline, and the Browns know that, which is why that is where their current offer sits. Time is on their side here though, so they’ll offer the minimum and wait on Clowney to get ignored by the teams he likes.

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