Seahawks playing waiting game on Clowney, who misread the market


John Clayton thinks Jadeveon Clowney has waited too long to lower his asking price. (Getty)

Jadeveon Clowney’s wait continues for the Seahawks.

Could the Seahawks acquire Ngakoue as they did last year at Clowney?

Clowney has reportedly lowered his contract demands from $ 22 million a year to $ 24 million a year to around $ 17 million, but the chances of getting this type of deal could be difficult. While Clowney may have been right in his original price, he has to look back and realize his blunder.

Although the Seahawks are only willing to pay between $ 13 million and $ 15 million, Clowney has clearly misread the markets. If he had made the reduction in the first days of free agency, he might already have an agreement.

What made matters worse for him was that the NFL closed doctors who could examine him to respond to their curiosity about the injuries he had suffered in his career. This league order will likely extend beyond the project.

Some regions have reported that the demand for lower prices has caught the eye of the Tennessee Titans and New York Jets. The Titans have said they are in contact with Clowney’s agent. Don’t doubt it. Head coach Mike Vrabel has coached him in Houston and knows what he would add to the defense.

The problem is that adjusting Clowney to his salary cap would be very difficult. They’ve lost about $ 20 million in capitalization and would like to bring back cornerback Logan Ryan, who hoped to get $ 10 million a year on the open market. To further complicate matters for Clowney, the Titans signed a contract with outside linebacker Vic Beasley for $ 9 million for a year. They brought in linebacker Kamalei Correa with a 3.5 million year contract.

That’s $ 13 million over two one-year deals. Clowney will want a one-year deal under the current circumstances. Can the Titans tie up $ 26 million to $ 30 million in capitalization on three outside linebackers? Doubtful.

Sure, the Green Bay Packers hit the big ball last year by signing two outside linebackers for their 3-4 defense, but they were on multi-year contracts that had lower first-year caps.

Scratch thoughts on the Jets. The Jets have called Clowney’s agent since the agency began. They did not make an offer to him. They need a state-of-the-art rusher, but they let the agents know they weren’t going to spend a lot on free agency this year.

Last year, they spent $ 178.69 million on free agency contracts. They have invested $ 130 million in guaranteed contracts. Because of this, they couldn’t afford to be great players this year. They recruited six players – mostly offensive liners – George Fant being the highest paid with $ 9.1 million a year.

Two other things negatively affect Clowney’s trading position. He cannot get a physical and if he accepts a deal, that team could fail him for his physique when he shows up at the team. Second, he is now thinking of teams with 3-4 defenses, who pay outbackers less than 4-3 defenses.

Look, I’m not saying it’s not worth $ 20 million a year. The market was just not there for him. The highest paid defensive player this year turned out to be DeForest Buckner, who was traded to Indianapolis and won a $ 21 million a year contract.

Getting $ 17 million as a 3-4 linebacker would make him the third highest paid linebacker in the league behind Khalil Mack and Von Miller. Most of the 4-3 teams have taken defensive measures.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider continues to wait.

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