The Seahawks and Jadeveon Clowney have been in limbo for months. It appears a new team has entered the race for the star defensive end.
The report mentioned that the Raiders offer is not currently believed to be the highest or even second highest. Jon Gruden really wants Clowney on his team. He believes that Clowney is the missing link to brining the defensive line from mediocre to a true power on the defense.
Gruden is lobbying the GM to increase the offer to Clowney in hopes of striking a deal sooner rather than later. The GM has thus far has stood pat and doesn’t want to overbid for the player.
The other teams that are reportedly still interested are the Browns, Seahawks and Titans. The Browns have been very aggressive in their quest to bring Clowney in. They have made their intentions abundantly clear; they want Jadeveon Clowney on their roster.
The Titans and Seahawks have been more subtle in their approach. They are simply in wait and see mode. Both teams have made formal offers, however, neither has been aggressive recently. If the Seahawks want to bring Clowney back, they will be bidding for his services.
Fortunately, Clowney has said on record that he loves his time in Seattle. He even helped lobby offensive tackle Brandon Shell into going to Seattle, because he would ‘love playing for Coach Carroll.’ Sure, Clowney wants money. I mean, who doesn’t. However, he also wants to play for a contender. This all definitely helps Seattle’s chances.
That being said, there is always a possibility that Seattle has moved on completely. I mean, they have spent nearly all their useable cap space on low to mid-range signings. This includes bringing in Bruce Irvin and Benson Meyowa to help bolster the defensive end.
They may be satisfied with their current roster. Coach Carroll has publicly stated he thinks the team absolutely nailed this off-season. I for one, still believe the Seahawks are interested for the right price. NFL Insider, Dov Kleiman agrees as well.
Clowney is seeking $17-18 million per year and the #Browns were previously thought to be the highest bidder.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) July 6, 2020
If a contract were to occur, it would likely be $12 million or under for just one year of his services. He seems intent on only getting a one year deal unless the money blows him out of the water. This is unlikely this late in free agency. It’s also hard to picture the team clearing out more cap space without making a substantial maneuver. Which the team won’t want to do.
That being said, if Seattle can bring Clowney back for even $12 million, this would be a steal. He is one of the most disruptive defensive ends in the league. He is also one of the truly elite run defenders in the NFL. Acquiring a player of just 27 years old, in his prime and at a key position for only $12 million is an absolute steal.