Pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is reportedly weighing an offer from the NY Jets in free agency. Here are all the details and what it all means.
The NY Jets have experienced an overall quiet free agency period highlighted by some under the radar signings.
Late this week Gang Green has decided to change their tactics and opt for more of a splash. On Thursday the team had inquired about Jacksonville Jaguars pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue.
Now we have learned the team has also made a contract offer to free-agent sack specialist Jadeveon Clowney, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.
“The three-time Pro Bowl edge rusher has been weighing offers from multiple teams, believed to include the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans, in addition to the Seahawks,” per Gregg Bell of The News Tribune.
When Clowney entered free agency he had hopes of landing a big-time contract that paid him north of $20 million annually on a long-term deal. Obviously a few days into free agency, he hasn’t received the offers he was hoping for.
Per Bell’s reporting, Jadeveon’s troubling medical history has given teams pause.
In his six NFL seasons, he has only started an entire 16 game season once. Last season with the Seahawks, Clowney was forced to miss three of the final five regular-season games due to a sports hernia.
With the current climate in the NFL due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, teams are forbidden from bringing players into their facilities. This has thrown a wrench into the free-agent process because several teams would like to let their doctors take a closer look at Jadeveon Clowney before handing him a fat new contract on the open market.
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One of the Jets’ biggest needs is at edge rusher. Clowney is a dynamic talent but he is by no means a perfect prospect.
He has yet to record a double-digit sack season which is the bare metric used to rank and evaluate the best pass rushers in the NFL. While he’s elite at stopping the run, no one pays top dollar for that attribute.
If the report is accurate, that the Jets are one of three teams that have offered Clowney a contract, it wouldn’t be very Joe Douglas like. In the first several days of the legal tampering period and free agency, Douglas has opted for value and substance over splash and style points.
There’s no doubt that Jadeveon would be an upgrade for the Jets, but it’ll likely come at an exorbitant price.