Potential Landing Spots for Jadeveon Clowney By Joseph Riedl-Cooper
The first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft is still a free agent in june. His original asking price of 20 million dollars was too expensive for most teams. Since then he has lowered his price to 17-18 million dollars. In his first six seasons in the NFL Clowney has recorded 32.0 sacks, 236 total tackles, and 9 forced fumbles. There are concerns around his health as he has only been able to play one full season in 2017 with the Texans. If Clowney gets 17 or 18 million per year he will be among the top 5 highest paid defensive linemen in the NFL. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark who has only played five NFL seasons has recorded 12 more sacks and 3 more forced fumbles. Frank Clark is set to make 20.8 million dollars next season.
1. Seattle Seahawks
Last year Clowney had a career low in sacks with 3 while only playing in 13 games. The seahawks originally offered him around 13-14 million dollars, and this was way below Clowney's first and second asking price. After a very down year for Clowney, a one year “prove it” deal could be a good fit for the Seahawks. However Clowney knows he is almost 30 and he wants his big contract now. The Seawhaks are not going to pay top 5 money for Clowney for the fact that he extremely under performed for them in 2019. On paper he is a good fit with them and can line up across from Bruce Irvin, and in front of the best middle linebacker in the league Bobby Wagner.
2. New England Patriots
Last year the Patriots had the number one defense in the NFL and only allowed 225 points all season. After losing quarterback Tom Brady to the Buccaneers the defense will have to put up numbers similar to 2019 if they want a shot at a playoff appearance. The Patriots had the best secondary in the league and had 25 interceptions which was first in the NFL, and they were 7th in sacks. The Patriots also had the 8th best run defense in the league. With the addition of Clowney, the Patriots defense would only become more dominant against the run. Clowney will also provide qb pressures and splash plays at important times in games. The addition of the end will take pressure off an already amazing secondary, and make them an even better defense than they already are. Bill Belichick, a defensive mastermind will draw up blitzes and different schemes that will allow Clowney to get to the quarterback.
3. Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins had possibly one of the best offseasons in the NFL this year. They drafted potential franchise quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, and drafted tackle Austin Jackson from USC to protect Tua. They also drafted 2nd round guard Robert Hunt. In free agency the signed franchise cornerback Byron Jones to line up with Xavien Howard and first round pick Noah Igbinoghene. Jadeveon Clowney would be a great defensive presence on the line with Avery Moss and Raekwon Davis. This could put the Dolphins among the best defenses in the NFL and give them great run stopping ability. With plenty of cap space the Dolphins can find the room to sign Clowney and add him to an already impressive defense.
4. Tennessee Titans
The Titans have a great offense with weapons like Derrick Henry, Corey Davis, and A.J. Brown. They have a great secondary with great corners and great safeties such as Addoree’ Jackson, Kenny Vaccaro, Kevin Byard, Malcolm Butler, and the potential return of corner Logan Ryan. After losing Jurrell Casey to the Broncos and bringing in Vic Beasley, Clowney would be a great final addition to an already impressive defense. The Titans were 21st in yards allowed last season and the addition would take away run yards from opponents and help contain quarterbacks like Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, and Josh Allen all of which the Titans will face next season.
5. Minnesota Vikings
With the loss of dominant edge rusher Everson Griffen the vikings will be looking for someone to fill the whole on the opposite side of Danielle Hunter. These two players together could make for one the best defensive line duos in the NFL. The Vikings struggle with depth at a lot of positions, Clowney would add some meat to their line and be a part of an already very impressive front 7. He would be a great run stopper in a division with running backs like Aaron Jones, Tarik Cohen, and rookie from Georgia D’Andre Swift. Their defense ranked 14th which is right around the middle of the league and Clowney could take their defense over the top and push the Vikings defense into the top 10 of the NFL.