Las Vegas had previously been mentioned as a potential contender for Jaguar edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
Clowney remains the best free agent on the market. The seventh-year player outside of South Carolina is more known for his ability to stuff the race than to fire the quarterback. He has never recorded more than 9.5 bags in a season, which could explain why the teams were so reluctant to distribute the 22 million dollars (or more) that he was initially looking for. Last season, he recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 13 games. Although he has missed just nine games in the past five seasons, there are concerns about heart and knee injuries sustained throughout his career. During this period in the history of our country, it is more difficult to travel and receive the medical permits that the teams will need before opening their checkbook.
The South Carolina native would have lowered its asking price to less than $ 17 million and would settle for a one or two year deal.
The Browns are believed to have extended the most lucrative deal for Clowney, but his interest in the AFC North franchise is lacking. In front of the talented advanced rusher Myles Garrett, Clowney would face fewer double teams. The new defensive coordinator Joe Woods comes from a 49ers system that perpetually agitated the opposing quarters. The Titans have also expressed interest. Head coach Mike Vrabel served as a defensive coordinator for the Texans when the 27-year-old had his best peak season in statistical passing. The Seahawks cannot be excluded either. Despite the addition of Bruce Irvin and Darrell Taylor, Seattle would be attractive as there is familiarity between the two sides.
The edge rusher is the largest fish in the pond and, after waiting so long, seems in no rush to make a decision. NFL training camps are scheduled to begin on July 28.