The Cleveland Browns are said to have participated in the draws for Jadeveon Clowney.
ESPN reported on Saturday that the Browns had expressed interest in the triple rusher Pro Bowl, which is the most prominent defensive player in the free agent market.
A combination of Clowney and Myles Garrett would give the Browns two defensive endings that were drafted first overall, Clowney by the Houston Texans in 2014 and Garrett by the Browns in 2017. Clowney and Garrett share the same agent, Bus Cook.
But Clowney has several other contenders. The reported list includes the Seattle Seahawks, their last squad, the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets. At a press conference on Wednesday, Titans general manager Jon Robinson confirmed contact with the Clowney representation.
“Just see and try to navigate and work where it could be,” said Robinson of Clowney, who had Titans coach Mike Vrabel as a defensive coordinator in Houston.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Saturday that some people in NFL circles believe the Browns are closer than other contenders to what Clowney is looking for, but nothing has materialized in recent talks between the two sides .
Dianna Russini of the network reported on Wednesday that Clowney’s asking price has been lowered from about $ 20 million a year to $ 17 million to $ 18 million a year.
If the Browns attracted Clowney, they would be expected to leave defensive end Olivier Vernon. He is expected to earn $ 15.5 million in wages and bonuses in 2020 after missing six games last season with a knee injury and finishing with 3½ bags.
Vernon’s future with the Browns has been a question all season. A league source said in March that Vernon “was the only guy” the Browns “bought” in the commercial market, but that they “would probably need to eat part of his salary” to complete their move.
Clowney, 27, also experienced pain and discomfort last season as a member of the Seahawks, who acquired it in a trade in September with the Texans. He suffered a basic muscle injury in week 10, missing two games and choosing to postpone surgery until the off-season.
Clowney had three sacks in 13 regular season games and 1½ sacks in two playoff games with the Seahawks. In his last two seasons with the Texans, he had nine sacks in 15 games in 2018 and 9½ sacks in 16 games in 2017, the only year in his NFL career where he played all games.
In six regular seasons, Clowney started 66 of the 75 games in which he appeared and has 236 tackles, including 32 sacks, nine forced fumbles, 14 defended passes, an interception returned 27 yards for a touchdown and eight fumble recoveries, including three resulted in touchdowns.