I think that ultimately it doesn’t make sense for Jadeveon Clowney to be added to a locker room in Cleveland that featured Jarvis Landry calling out guys for being too soft just a couple of years ago.
I’m not saying that Clowney is soft, but the book on him is that he basically plays his way into shape by the end of the season. 65% of his career sacks and nearly 60% of his career TFLs have come in Week 8 or later, and on tape he is more consistent as the year goes on.
The Seattle Seahawks will probably pull out of this race if it gets too much closer to the 2020 NFL Draft, because why not double-dip and land Griffen and a rookie EDGE instead of investing in a guy you weren’t willing to give a big deal?
That leaves the Titans as the top contender for Clowney and I think they are also the team that gains the most from signing him in free agency.
All parties get better in a scenario where the Titans sign Clowney and as long as the price isn’t absurd long term, it really doesn’t matter how much it costs.
So with that said I am going to predict that the Titans sign Clowney to a 2 year, $36 million deal before the draft.
I think that gives Clowney another chance to sign a big contract once the salary cap shoots up with the new TV deal. Landing in the best fit for his skills will help him finally get a long term deal done with a team.
Meanwhile, the Titans land an EDGE they are comfortable playing as many snaps as possible and they have the freedom to focus on other positions in the 2020 NFL Draft. Win-win.