Why Jadeveon Clowney should do it.
Everyone wants to talk about how hot the market could be for Clowney, but are we really sure? He is coming off of the least productive season of his career and he is about to turn 27 years old.
Not only that, but he is joining a free agent market likely to include:
–Yannick Ngakoue (after he tells the Jaguars he won’t sign a tag)
–Chris Jones (not an end, but a huge price tag on the DL)
…and plenty of other EDGEs.
This next contract is crucial for Clowney because it likely will be the difference in 10s of million of dollars by the time he is ready to sign his next deal. If he struggles or disappears before hitting the market in his early 30s, there won’t be a huge market for him.
If he really wants to go to a contender like he says, let’s limit the teams he could go to to the 12 teams that made the playoffs. Houston and Seattle are probably both out or else he would have gotten a second deal with one of them by now.
The Eagles, Vikings, Saints, 49ers, and Packers don’t really have a spot for him, while the Chiefs and Ravens don’t have the cap room for him.
That leaves the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans as the teams most likely to fit what he wants. I don’t think Buffalo wants to invest in defense unless they are bringing back their own guys and I would say the same thing about New England.
The only team left that is the Tennessee Titans who should have a good bit of money in free agency after some cuts and restructures as well as the resume, coaching staff and location to tempt Clowney.