Will Jadeveon Clowney stay with the Seattle Seahawks? That has been the question a lot of people have had throughout the 2020 NFL offseason. Now that question has become even more uncertain after Jamal Adams has been traded to the Seahawks by the New York Jets.
Adams is going into his final year of his rookie deal, in which he is making $825,000. The Seahawks have a team option now for next season worth $9.8 million. The Seahawks feel comfortable waiting on giving Adams a new deal right now.
That leads to the Seahawks’ next objective during the off season, whether or not they keep Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney has seen his stock plummet over the past few weeks due to multiple signings of other pass rushers throughout the league, including Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, and Vic Beasley. While this trade more than likely does not help Clowney with the Seahawks on the money side, it may convince the 27-year old to go back to Seattle for his seventh season in the NFL for one key reason.
Having a stronger defense behind him should help Clowney get more sacks and pressures on opposing quarterbacks. Having a less than stellar secondary behind him made his job much harder throughout the 2019 season, resulting in only three sacks over 13 games for Clowney. That total was the fewest in his career outside of his rookie season in which he only played in four games.
Having a stronger season, along with the market presumably going back up following the pandemic, should give him the leverage needed to get the big contract he was looking for this offseason. On top of a strong performance during the regular season, the talent on the Seahawks give them the ability to make a run in the playoffs, which would help Clowney even more if he was productive when it mattered the most.
All in all it might be the best move for Clowney to stay in Seattle. After the Jamal Adams trade, he has a greater chance to prove the rest of the league why he’s worth the money he was asking for in the first place.