The New England Patriots have proven this offseason that they will bring in undervalued talent for the right price. After signing Cam Newton, could Bill Belichick strike once more by landing Jadeveon Clowney?
New England cleared significant cap space in recent weeks through contract settlements regarding Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez. With six players opting out of the season, the Patriots could have even more cap room to sign the Pro Bowl edge rusher.
New England Patriots not expected to sign Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney wants to join a playoff contender and is willing to sign a one-year contract to rebuild his value and compete for a Super Bowl. While signing with New England might seem like the perfect destination, it’s reportedly unlikely.
According to ESPN’s Mike Reiss, the team isn’t actively looking to make an aggressive move that would take advantage of their cap space. Instead, the club wants to save its cap space in preparation for what could be a difficult year financially for the NFL.
Belichick isn’t shy about making big moves, but they only come when the value is perfect. Clowney went into the offseason seeking a market-setting contract and he is still seeking a lucrative one-year deal to sign with a team.
Money isn’t the only issue surrounding Clowney. Even beyond the NFL still barring teams from putting free agents through workouts, teams NFL teams also reportedly doubt Clowney’s work ethic and question his dedication to football.
The 27-year-old is immensely talented and it still seems likely he signs with a club before the 2020 season begins. Unless he’s willing to sign for the minimum, he almost certainly won’t play for the Patriots this year.