Is Jadeveon Clowney a good fit for the Tennessee Titans?
We are now fully over the mourning period and it is time to start talking about how the Tennessee Titans can go from playing in the AFC Championship Game to hosting a playoff game.
The name that I talked about a lot before the preseason as a potential trade target was former Houston Texans and future Seattle Seahawks EDGE Jadeveon Clowney.
As luck would have it, Clowney had a pretty bad year statistically and it seems like things with the Seahawks have run its course. With him set to hit free agency, PFF has him as the free agent the Titans need to pursue saying:
"Tennessee shocked the football landscape this year and nearly made its way to the Super Bowl before blowing a 10-point lead to the Chiefs. Resigning Ryan Tannehill — as odd as that would have sounded a year ago — seems like a must. The only major hole in their roster that need to be filled after that situation is their edge unit. Jadeveon Clowney has said he wants to go to a contender, and the Titans have proved that they can be exactly that. Clowney finished 2019 as the 10th highest-graded edge defender and won on 16.6% of his pass-rushing reps, which ranked 29th. The interest has to be mutual, for the right price, of course."
It is wild that Clowney won 16.6% of his rush reps and still only finished with 3 sacks, but lack of production has been a calling card of Clowney’s career since coming out of college. In his best year he finished with 9.5 sacks including the playoffs and Harold Landry had 10 including the playoffs this season.
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So, if you are expecting him to be an elite pass rusher above what you have seen from Landry you are going to be disappointed. However, there is more to football than rushing the passer and if you can play great run defense and get nearly 10 sacks then you are a huge asset to a team.
At the end PFF talks about the interest needing to be mutual and much like with the Tom Brady situation, I think this is a situation where the player should be more interested than the franchise.
The Titans are a few pieces away from making a Super Bowl run and nearly got there this year despite a fair amount of injuries and shakeups. If you are serious about wanting to join a contender then you aren’t going to find as many situations where a team has the cap space to make a move AND the state income tax laws to let you actually keep your pay check.
Mike Vrabel helped Clowney reach career high in sacks, TFLs and QB hits and this should be a no brainer match given how well Clowney would fit opposite Landry schematically. However money is always a concern and so is Clowney’s health, so we will see but this fit definitely makes sense.