NY Jets might be emerging as favorites to sign Jadeveon Clowney

The Jets really want to sign Jadeveon Clowney

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The NY Jets are looking for edge rush help after parting ways with Bryce Huff this offseason, and it seems as though they've zeroed in on three-time Pro Bowler Jadeveon Clowney as their top target.

The Jets hosted Clowney on an official visit earlier in the week, and while the two sides were unable to come to an agreement at the time, the meeting reportedly went very well.

Clowney has attracted interest from other teams such as the Baltimore Ravens (his 2023 team) and the Carolina Panthers, but the Jets appear to be the early favorite.

Bleacher Report's Jordan Schultz reported on Saturday that the Jets are "highly motivated" to try and secure a deal with Clowney and that the two sides have remained "in constant contact" since he left Florham Park.

The Jets do have competition, but they seem very motivated to make this deal happen. They should be considered the favorites to sign Clowney.

Jadeveon Clowney would be a massive addition to the NY Jets defense

Clowney isn't some over-the-hill, washed-up veteran the Jets are hoping to sign for a part-time role. The former No. 1 overall pick is still playing at a very high level — as evidenced by the fact that last year was legitimately the best pass-rushing season of his entire career.

The three-time Pro Bowler finished with 9.5 sacks and 71 total pressures, both of which were career-highs, and he also remains one of the best run-defenders at his position in the NFL.

Clowney is a very good player, and you can 100 percent argue he'd be the Jets' best edge defender. Yes, that includes Jermaine Johnson, who was named to his first Pro Bowl last season. Clowney is that good.

The Jets expect 2023 first-round pick Will McDonald to take on a larger role in his second NFL season. The Iowa State product played fewer snaps than any Jets first-round pick since Vernon Gholston last season, but the Jets remain high on his potential.

Still, relying on an unproven McDonald in a season in which the Jets have legitimate Super Bowl aspirations wouldn't be the smartest plan. Clowney significantly raises both the floor and ceiling of the Jets' defensive line.

Clowney has made a habit out of jumping from team to team in recent years. The former South Carolina star has played for five different teams in six seasons, preferring to take short-term paydays over long-term contracts. You can't argue with the results, however.

The Jets are looking to make another major short-term splash in free agency. Don't be surprised if they land Clowney in the near future.