Plenty of top players have come off the board this free agency, but Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t found a new home just yet. At 27 years old, the South Carolina product is looking for a lucrative deal.
Clowney spent five years with the Houston Texans before getting sent to the Seattle Seahawks. In his first season in the NFC, he totaled 31 tackles, three sacks and an interception.
No one will deny that Clowney has all the talent in the world. However, the former No. 1 pick doesn’t always put up elite production. Another issue for him is that he’s demanding an extremely high salary.
According to ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, Clowney wants about $20 million per year. Teams haven’t met that asking price up to this point, which is why he remains on the open market.
Sources say Jadeveon Clowney wants about $20mill per year. Interested teams aren’t coming up that high as of now. Look at the players in his position who were tagged, Judon, Dupree, Barrett, Yannick. Teams don’t want to pay $5mill more than the franchise tag.
— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 18, 2020
Most pass-rushers that were scheduled to be free agents were hit with the franchise tag. Bud Dupree, Matthew Judon and Shaq Barrett are just a few examples.
The franchise tag for a defensive end would cost a team less per year than what Clowney is demanding.
After spending a year on the franchise tag with Seattle, it’s highly likely that Clowney wants a deal that will give him long-term stability.