What are we watching for now?
Alright so now we know…nothing?
Ok, that isn’t true but it is still a very cloudy picture. Like with all of these rumor compilations, I am going to do a quick TL;DR and then we can talk about what to look for now.
-Seattle cleared space for another free agent, though right now they only have about half of the functional cap space as the Tennessee Titans.
-The Titans gave up the ability to blow the Seahawks offer away with upfront guarantees by making the deal with Vic Beasley official.
-The Seahawks aren’t locked into a Clowney or nothing situation. Instead, they have the option to go after an extremely productive player who is more familiar with the HC than Clowney: Everson Griffen.
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As for what to look for next, the Seahawks can almost pull even with the Titans in cap space if they release Justin Britt and/or restructure K.J. Wright‘s deal. Those moves would signal that they are interested in making a competitive offer for Clowney that can match the immediate payday that the Titans could offer.
The Tennessee Titans don’t have many moves left that they could make to increase cap space, though with rumors of interest in likely top-40 WR Jalen Reagor swirling around there is once scenario that opens up some cap space.
If the Titans decide that they want to move Corey Davis for a top-100 pick, then they would free up cap space in 2021 when his 5th-year option would come up. That would give them the potential to offer an aggressive 2-year deal with a lot of guarantees or incentives.
Other than that it looks like we are about at the endgame where neither team can do much more to improve their offers to Clowney unless they keep putting more guarantees in year 3 or 4 of a potential deal.