Seahawks should pay Yannick Ngakoue Frank Clark’s money
By Geoff Shull
Seahawks paying Jadeveon Clowney would get complicated
From reports NFL Insider Tony Pauline has published:
"“It sounds like Seattle was aggressive in trying to bring Clowney back, and he wasn’t very cooperative. It’s kind of goes hand in hand with what I reported a couple weeks ago, he would have been more than happy to leave Seattle.”"
From what I understand, Seattle offered a lucrative contract during the NFL combine to Clowney’s team in the realm of a 4-year contract at $18 million per year. Clowney thought he was going to blow that out of the water with interest from other suitors. Again, he and his camp were using the media to try and stir up interest pre-free agency saying he could surpass $22-25 million per year.
He blew off Seattle’s offer and the Seahawks had no choice but to make a couple of other modest contracts to ensure they didn’t come away with nothing. Now they are left with little cap space and can only offer Clowney a modest deal, nowhere near his asking price. Clowney is left sitting wondering what happened, and relationships have been frayed throughout the process. Clowney was his own worst enemy.
So what caused other teams to be nervous of offering Clowney upper echelon money? This was due to a couple of factors. First, and most commonly reported, he has an injury history and teams can’t have their physicians check on his health due to COVID-19. Another huge factor as Tony Pauline stated:
"“There are concerns, even from people close to Clowney, that once he signed a huge contract, that he may not play hard (anymore). He may just get this one contract, with huge guarantees, and he may not play hard.”"
With Clowney misjudging his market and hurting his reputation, the Seahawks have a chance to swoop in and sign him on the low. This is, of course, if Seattle hasn’t already decided they want to move on. If that is the case, they could sign Everson Griffen post-draft, or trade for another top tier defensive end in Yannick Ngakoue.