Report: Saints tried one-off signing and trade with Browns in an attempt to land Clowney

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The New Orleans Saints made one last single attempt to land free agent pass hunter Jadeveon Clowney before he finally chose to sign with the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night, according to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network.The Saints, who are hard on the ceiling, discussed a deal involving a third team signing Clowney to a one-year, $ 15 million contract and paying his $ 5 million signing bonus. That team would then return the player to New Orleans in exchange for a second-round pick and another player to free the Capitals Room, leaving the Saints on the hook for Clowney’s remaining $ 10 million.

The Cleveland Browns are the suspected third team, according to Pelissero and Rapoport.

The Saints deemed the workaround necessary to compete with the one-year, $ 15 million deal the Titans offered Clowney.

But late Saturday night, the NFL stepped in and made it known the signing and trade would not be approved.

“Basically, you can’t trade money,” a league executive told the NFL Network duo.

In the end, Clowney agreed to sign with the Titans and boarded a plane for Nashville.



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