Evidently keen on cramming his months-long 2020 free agency saga into a three-day period this year, Jadeveon Clowney remains on track to visit the Browns. After a travel snag, the former No. 1 overall pick is scheduled to arrive in Cleveland on Tuesday night, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports.
Clowney is scheduled to take a Browns physical Wednesday and meet with team brass again. While the veteran pass rusher has experienced health issues for much of his career, Cabot adds he is expected to pass. Although contract details must be finalized, Cabot notes “all signs point to” the seven-year veteran edge defender signing with the Browns.
Clowney has received interest from the Colts and Ravens as well, and a report earlier Monday indicated nothing was imminent on the Clowney-to-Cleveland front. Baltimore was in the muddled mix for the three-time Pro Bowler last year as well. But the Browns offered him the most money last year. Clowney was lukewarm on Cleveland in 2020. By heading back to northeast Ohio on a second visit in three weeks, the former Texans, Seahawks and Titans edge appears to have changed his tune.
It is unclear how serious the Ravens and Colts are, but a multi-team market will benefit Clowney. However, he almost certainly will not receive what he could have from the Browns last year. And he will fall short of the one-year, $13MM Titans pact he inked as well. Should the Browns sign Clowney, he will likely again have to settle for a one-year deal, Cabot adds. The torn meniscus that ended Clowney’s 2020 season is not expected to be an issue with his next team. The 28-year-old defender is expected to receive full clearance this month.
Clowney would join Takk McKinley as former first-round picks tabbed to complement Myles Garrett. Olivier Vernon is a free agent, and the Browns released Adrian Clayborn. They entered the offseason with a clear goal of adding a proven bookend for Garrett. Clowney has flashed as a pass rusher and has been a high-end run defender, among edge players, despite his injury troubles. Playing opposite Garrett (and staying healthy) would put Clowney in a favorable situation to command a long-sought-after multiyear contract down the road.
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