Jadeveon Clowney turned down offer from Browns, per report
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Clowney is the best player available in free agency, but his individual market remains something of a question mark.
The former No. 1 overall pick was looking for a big payday at the start of the league year. The San Francisco 49ers gave Arik Armstead $17 million in annual average value (AAV), and the Indianapolis Colts paid DeForest Buckner to the tune of $21 million AAV after acquiring him from the Niners.
However, Clowney’s demands appeared to scare some teams away. As such, he lowered those demands in April, moving off the $20 million AAV in favor of a contract in the $17 million AAV range.
Just how much teams are offering Clowney is unknown, though it certainly appears they have not come close to matching his desires.
The Browns certainly could have used another pass-rushing force opposite Myles Garrett to improve the front seven. They also have plenty of cap space left and have long been linked to Clowney.
Cleveland still has north of $37 million remaining, per Over The Cap. But it seems the Browns might have to exhaust a good deal of that space if they hope to land Clowney, if he even wants to come to Cleveland at all.
Schefter seems to think Clowney might not want to go to Cleveland, but his options are also dwindling, particularly if he still hopes to get the kind of money he wants. The Browns may end up getting him to agree eventually.