Sources reveal Jets’ interest level in Jadeveon Clowney
Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker and former Seattle Seahawk Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent as training camps have already started. Being out in the open for so long forced Clowney to call a friend for help. Luckily for him, the New York Jets’ newly-acquired safety Bradley McDougald still had his former teammate’s back.
According to the Pro Football Talk featured in NBC Sports:
After he was traded from the Seahawks to the Jets, McDougald said he’d love to see the Jets sign his Seattle teammate Jadeveon Clowney, and said Clowney told him he loves the idea.
But the Jets apparently don’t love the idea: The Jets have no interest in Clowney, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN who also posted about the matter on Twitter:
It's admirable that he would go to bat for an ex-teammate, but the reality is the Jets have no interest in Clowney. Moot point. https://t.co/tsyaD60X45
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) July 31, 2020
McDougald, a seven-year veteran out of Kansas, was relocated from Seattle to New York as a trade piece included in the recent Jamal Adams trade. The Jets also snagged a pair of first-round picks and a third-round draft pick along with their new safety.
On the other hand, Clowney had previously attracted significant interest from several teams including the Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, and the New York Giants. Unfortunately, no signing came to fruition with the said teams.
The 27-year-old South Carolina product was bothered by a hip and core injury which limited him from producing his usual pass-rushing numbers. He recorded just three sacks to go with 31 total tackles, four forced fumbles, an interception, and a touchdown in 13 games played last season.
Now that he is completely healed from his injuries, Clowney is hoping to have a bounce-back season in 2020. He is very much capable of contributing and can still impact the defensive end of the field for any team that will acquire his services.