The Seahawks have enough cap space to make a nice offer for Jadeveon Clowney. But the reported deal Seattle wants to make with Clowney is too low.
$18.5 million. That is a lot of money to nearly all of us, but if you happen to be a good NFL player that amount of money is not out of the question. $18.5 million is also what the Seahawks have reportedly offered Jadeveon Clowney. Uncertain is if this is a one-year deal or longer. But so far Jadeveon Clowney has said no.
There is no secret that Seattle needs to fix the issues it had with the pass rush in 2019. Seattle ranked a very un-Seahawks-like 29th in sacks in the NFL in 2019 and one could rightly wonder based on raw statistics how the Seahawks ever made the playoffs. Then one should ponder on just how much worse Seattle’s defensive line would have been without Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney did not have double-digit sacks last year but he never has. But still, Clowney disrupts and is also great against the run. That would be the problem with the Seahawks signing someone to replace Jadeveon Clowney who was just a pass rusher. Seattle would suffer more on run defense. Clowney helps fix both of those potential problems.
What Seattle really needs to do is make a deal for Clowney at three-years and $20 million. Jadeveon Clowney is likely to sign that and Seattle would have him under contract for several seasons. The cap is only going to grow in the next few years with an expanded schedule so that $20 million for Clowney will look more like $17 million or so in the future.
Currently, five defensive ends have a cap hit of $17 million or more in 2020. The same number have contracts that exceed $17 million in total cash next year. So Clowney’s contract would not be excessive.
The second part of signing Clowney, though, is to get him some help. No player can truly create chaos on an opposing team’s passing attack by himself. Jadeveon Clowney had no help last year in Seattle. But if general manager John Schneider can get another pass rusher, besides having already signed Bruce Irvin, and he can sign Clowney, Seattle’s defense will be better. Possibly even Super Bowl worthy.