Well, it isn’t quite a rivalry, and maybe there wasn’t much to it. Still, this might be something that will get those competitive juices flowing if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan. One of the Cleveland Browns’ new faces is talking smack. Did you hear about this one?
Jadeveon Clowney, a man that was thrown a bone by the Titans when no one was kicking his door down to sign him in 2020, was introduced to their faithful on April’s second Wednesday, and he seemingly has a bone to pick (pun intended) with the last team that he played for.
Clowney was introduced to the Cleveland media and made sure that he referenced the fact that the Browns won more games in 2020 than his former team did. Sure, he was playing when he said it, but was the statement necessary? If this was a playoff game we’d be talking about bulletin board material.
And yes, we know what you’re thinking. The Browns and Titans both went 11-5 in 2020. That isn’t the point though, at least not in Clowney’s mind.
Clowney is obviously pointing to the fact that Cleveland won their first playoff game versus the Pittsburgh Steelers while, as every Titans fan knows, Tennessee lost in the Wild Card Round to the Baltimore Ravens.
So much for gratitude if you’re a Tennessee Titans fan huh?
For many Titans fans, Clowney’s is a name that you probably haven’t thought about in a while as he signed a one-year deal with the team on September 8th of 2020. He appeared in eight games before being placed on the team’s injured reserve on November 21st with a knee injury.
He racked up 19 total tackles in those eight games with no sacks. He wasn’t retained by Tennessee and just found his way onto Cleveland’s roster, as we stated earlier, on April 14th.
Still, in spite of all of that, this is a smart guy, and you have to wonder if there was more to this (even if it was laughed off). For a guy that has had three sacks since 2019, it would seem that the better idea would be for him to go on with life, enjoy his current situation, and not act like the guy who gets dumped and then goes to social media to bash his ex.
He’s become a bit of a mercenary (and a headache) as he’s seen, now, three teams in three seasons.
Sure, he’s good enough to always be on someone’s roster, but teams seem less interested in signing him quickly or committing to him long term. It’s very easy to make the argument that this is a guy who isn’t that young anymore, doesn’t set the world on fire, and probably needs to be more careful about burning bridges. Recent history has shown us that he may need to leave the possibility open that he may need to cross back over those same bridges and know that he’s welcome to do so.