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Seattle Seahawks could use defensive end Jadeveon Clowney

I know I have written about Clowney before and maybe that is tarnished by the pretty successful season he had for the Seahawks in 2019. Every other season since 2019, Clowney has had a very good year. In 2022, he wasn't very productive with just 4 quarterback hits, 2 sacks, and 4 tackles for loss. But Clowney is still only 30 years old so should have a few years left to play at a good level.

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Clowney is also capable of playing in a 4-3 or 3-4 base. Since Clowney left Seattle, the Seahawks have switched more to a 3-4. In that base, Clowney can play one outside linebacker spot with Uchenna Nwosu on the other side. Clowney isn't just a pure pass rusher, either. He can set a hard edge against the run and that would help fix a huge issue Seattle had in 2022.

The question is how much Clowney wants to make. He isn't afraid to wait until closer to the start of the season to sign a deal because while training camp is important to get acclimated to his new team and scheme, but Clowney is experienced enough and versatile to quickly fit in wherever he goes. Clowney hasn't made less than $7 million in a season since 2018 so he might want that much in 2023 too.

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Still, at some point Clowney's injury history is going to scare off a lot of teams and that will lower his market value. But if Clowney were to be open to signing for $4 million, Seattle should jump at signing him. He would improve the run defense, add quarterback pressure, and hopefully help teach players like Boye Mafe and Derick Hall a few things about being an NFL player.