Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was hoping for a big payday this offseason, but it seems like he didn’t find the kind of market he was hoping for. So, the 27-year-old Pro Bowler decided to reduce his demands.
Clowney reportedly entered the free agency with a goal to get a contract that will pay him $20 million or more in average yearly salary. Since no team was willing to go near that number so far, the sources close to the player told ESPN that he is now ready to accept between $17 million and $18 million annually.
There are several reasons why Jadeveon Clowney didn’t manage to get the offer he was hoping for. There are not too many teams on the market for a high-price defensive end this year, with several cheaper options being on the table. Also, Clowney struggled with injuries last season and wasn’t as productive as in some past years. He had 31 tackles and 3.0 sacks in 13 games with Seattle Seahawks in 2019.
According to ESPN, Tennessee Titans and Seahawks remain the front runners for Clowney’s signature. Titans haven’t been exactly efficient in disrupting the opponents’ QBs in 2019, while Seahawks want to keep Clowney as he fitted in nicely with their group when they acquired him from Houston Texans last season.