Report: Jadeveon Clowney unlikely to sign with Browns after Olivier Vernon contract tweak
The Cleveland Browns are far from finished with their offseason moves as the team finally retained defensive end Olivier Vernon. The contract was previously set to make $15.25 million, non-guaranteed, this season.
The reconstructed deal now sits at $11M guaranteed through a $7M signing bonus, $3.75M base salary and a $250K workout bonus, plus $2M more available via incentives. The new numbers give the player a slightly smaller cap figure but guaranteeing most of the deal.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network disclosed the implications of the restructured contract on Twitter:
A smart restructure, especially the no-tag provision. This money likely would have been ear-marked for FA Jadeveon Clowney… but that signing appears unlikely now. https://t.co/5sjn7sPCAO
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 7, 2020
The retention of Olivier Vernon will continue to solidify the defensive shore of the Browns. He had 3.5 sacks in 10 games last year for the team. The combination of Vernon and Garrett dominated a couple of games last season and proved that they can excel as a duo. Vernon’s consistency and understanding of how to play at a high level made the defensive line better and helped create plays for the team.
This deal also silenced the rumors of the Browns going after defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in free agency. Instead of hopping on an uncertain free-agency wagon, the Browns made a smart move to invest in a proven player in their system.
The Brown’s front office also appears to add more salary-cap space going into 2021. This is to ensure that they have enough space to extend Garrett’s contract and add impact pieces to their roster.
The Dawg Pound will need all the help it can get to end an 18-year playoff drought next season.