Jadeveon Clowney to the Titans is a likely pairing
We are now three months into free agency, and edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney is still not on a team and remains unsigned. As the process continues, only three real suitors have emerged after the Seattle Seahawks have seemingly moved on without the former 2014 first overall pick: the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Tennessee Titans.
From Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, Clowney is no longer in a hurry to sign, and could wait until training camp to do so. Due to the Coronavirus, teams have had to opt for a virtual workout program, which Clowney is seemingly not interested in doing.
This has led to him sitting patiently, knowing he will be ready to play. However, Robinson makes another point as to why Clowney has not been signed yet as well: his contract demands have not been met.
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The Browns have offered the most money on a short term deal, the ideal situation for Clowney to play on a one-year deal before looking to prove he is worthy of a long term deal. However, Clowney has not taken their money yet, so what will change between now and next month in Cleveland?
While Clowney has been a solid defensive end, even playing to a stupendously high grade for the Seahawks a year ago, his stat sheet is not sexy as he does not put up big time sack numbers. While smart head coaches understand not to judge defensive ends by their sack numbers, general managers seem willing to pay top dollar to those without them.
Make no mistake, Clowney has been a solid football player when he is on the field; fans need to train their eye to take their eye off the ball and out of the box score. Clowney is excellent at setting the edge against the run, getting parallel down the line of scrimmage, and at disrupting throwing lanes.
One man who knows Clowney better than others is left tackle Taylor Lewan of the Titans, as the two met at the Outback Bowl during the 2013 season. In this game, Clowney is famous for blowing past the Michigan offensive line (of which Lewan was a part of) and decapitating the Wolverine running back upon taking the hand off.
Yesterday on social media, Lewan tweeted out a video of that play, telling Clowney “we could be teammates now.” At this point, the list of teams Clowney could join is slim, and the Titans may be his best option at joining a competitive team in 2020.
Browns, Titans, Eagles: who will it be? While Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with an NFL team, do not expect him to make a decision anytime soon either as he is playing his cards close to the vest. He will be a significant force for whomever he joins despite what his stat sheet may say, and Lewan wants to make sure that is in Tennessee.