Jadeveon Clowney won’t cost much.
This time three months ago people were running around without restriction and Jadeveon Clowney was expecting to get $20 million or more per season in free agency.
Both of those things seem so far away now.
I’m going to focus this article on the second part of that statement because more rumors are surfacing that make me believe that Jadeveon Clowney will land somewhere for much cheaper than initially thought.
The first time I thought that Clowney might make less than the already lowered guess of around $15 million on a one year deal was on Saturday morning when I read Jim Wyatt’s mailbag.
After he was asked a question about whether the Titans should use their cap money on just Clowney or a combination of free agents, Wyatt said this:
…No matter what happens with Clowney, there will be enough money for some other signings.
Wait, what? Wyatt has been asked this several times, but this was the first time that I could remember him answering like that.
Right now the Titans have around $20 million in cap space but saying that they could sign more free agents (plural) after signing Clowney is much different than saying they might be able to fit another free agent under the cap.
Another hint of a weak market
Alright fine, maybe he misspoke or maybe he is just underestimating the market for Clowney. This was just one take so I didn’t write anything on it. However, this came out the same night from the man in charge of Over The Cap:
Jason comes right out and says that he will be lucky to make double-digit money on a one year deal and suggest that he could get a multi-year deal done for a couple of million per season. Wow.
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I should stay that I still think that Clowney is worth giving a very solid contract to and I think he is one good season away from a monster deal from a team that desperately wants to believe in his upside. That means that a couple of million in 2020 could end up turning into a great season and a 3rd round draft pick in 2022, which would be an absolute master class by a GM.
Obviously Titans fans should keep an eye on this going forward, but if this development is true then it may be the best free-agent deal in a decade for a team trying to acquire a high-end talent with a lot of upside and very little downside.
Most people (even folks at ESPN) believe that Clowney’s best fit is with the Tennessee Titans, so why not come to an agreement on a deal already and help both parties move on to the 2020 season.