Bad look for Jadeveon Clowney.
For a long time, it looked like Jadeveon Clowney would be the “missing piece” for the Tennessee Titans defense, but he might just be a replica of someone they aren’t even happy with now.
The former Houston Texans 1st overall draft pick came into the league with all the hype in the world but hasn’t lived up to it at this point. However, he has always been a “B-level” player who filled a good role.
After a good 2019, he showed that he could do it without J.J. Watt when he played with the Seattle Seahawks. While he wasn’t a great player, he was very good at making splash plays as a pass rusher and in the run game.
However, Clowney’s entire free agency saga should leave a bad taste in the mouths of teams pursuing him.
Before we go any further, look at this clip from long time Indianapolis Colts punter turned analyst/host (and also notable up and coming wrestler) Pat McAfee:
Refuses to take a physical. Doesn’t seem to have a plan in mind. Not a great communicator with his agent or teams. Doesn’t all of that stuff sound pretty familiar to Titans fans?
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If not, let me just remind you that those are all the qualities that Tennessee fans are furious about in Vic Beasley. At this point, Beasley looks like a guy content to slowly take his time and get ready for football, when his only role is going to be as a one-dimensional pass rusher.
Despite the Titans giving Beasley a job as a role player doing the only thing that he really does well, the former Atlanta Falcons EDGE showed up to camp 10 days late and has only been seen a handful of times while hiding from the media.
In that clip, it sounds like the bare minimum that Clowney is going to sign for is somewhere in the range of $15 million with the possible exception of a deal that is really $10-12 million dressed up as a bigger deal.
Look. For premium Jadeveon Clowney, that deal makes sense. However, it really feels like the Clowney that signs with either the Tennessee Titans or Seattle Seahawks is going to show up with very little motivation because he is going to end up losing money and being in a place that he doesn’t want to be.
Is that really something that either team wants in their locker room with two weeks to go until the season starts? Is that really a message you want to send to your team when you bring in someone late and give him a big payday despite not being committed to the team or to actually working hard to get what he demands?