New Jets safety Bradley McDougald has Jadeveon Clowney asking if he can come to New York
The New York Jets’ new safety Bradley McDougald has a friend he wants to bring to the Meadowlands: it’s free agent star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
McDougald, 29, shared a tweet on early Monday evening of a FaceTime screenshot with his former Seattle Seahawks teammate, Clowney. In the tweet’s caption, the defensive back added Clowney asked him to get the Jets to contact the one-time first-overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.
“Spoke to my boy [Clowney] today,” McDougald shared on Twitter on Monday. “[He] told me to the tell the [Jets] to come get him!! Let’s make it happen”.
— Bradley McDougald (@BabyLead) July 27, 2020
McDougald, a former undrafted safety out of Kansas, was the lone player the Jets received in Saturday’s mammoth trade for star defensive back Jamal Adams to the Seahawks. The Jets also netted a pair of first-round picks and a third-round draft pick along with their new safety.
Still on the free agent market, Clowney is looking for a new home, and his former teammate with the NFC West franchise is getting buzzed by the elite edge-rusher to get a hold of Gang Green and bring him to the Jets.
It has to be said that the Jets, over the years, have sorely lacked an elite pass rusher on defense, with even the nominal safety Adams nearly leading the club in sacks. Linebacker Jordan Jenkins, who re-signed to a one-year, $5 million deal in the offseason, led New York in sacks (8.0) in 2019 with Adams in second (6.5).
Meanwhile, Clowney—traded to the Seahawks right before the 2019 regular season from the Houston Texans—had a down year relative to his standards last season in Seattle, only registering three sacks. He was injured for a good portion of the season and was rarely able to play up to his high standards. When fit, however, Clowney is a high-impact player.
Perhaps McDougald’s arrival in New York could push the Jets to chase Clowney.