Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent months after he hit the open market as one of the most talented players available. With the 2020 NFL season fast approaching, things aren’t looking promising for Clowney.
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Coming into the offseason, Clowney set massive expectations for himself. Entering his age-27 season, the talented edge rusher wanted a market-setting contract and was determined to sign with a Super Bowl contender. Instead, he never found the level of interest he hoped for with an asking price that put him out of every club’s price range.
Clowney lowered his asking price and with teams concerned about his health, opted to wait until the summer to sign. However, per Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson, the wait for Clowney to sign could stretch deep into August.
While part of the decision to wait until before the season starts is Clowney’s choice, he also hasn’t done himself any favors in negotiations. NFL teams reportedly grew tired of discussions and moved on from him entirely.
Clowney’s desire to play for a Super Bowl contender led to the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints being atop his radar. However, the Cowboys have no interest in him and the Saints lack the cap room to sign him.
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The No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney entered the league with tremendous hype. Unfortunately, durability issues and a lack of consistency have led to a career of frustrations, flashes of greatness and disappointment.
Before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, he recorded 18.5 sacks and 42 quarterback hits across his previous two seasons. He also was a dominant force against the run, part of the reason Seattle acquired him. He showed those flashes at times for the Seahawks, but finished the season just three sacks and 13 quarterback hits in 13 games.
A down year in 2019 could be explained by the fact he played through a core muscle injury. It kept him out of three games and limited him in 11 appearances, impacting his explosiveness and strength.
Clowney is a three-time Pro Bowl selection, but teams question his work ethic and his dedication to football. Ultimately, he will have to settle for a one-year contract to prove himself this year. We’ll just have to wait and see if he ends up joining the Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans or Las Vegas Raiders.