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Jets rumors: Jadeveon Clowney has spoken with New York’s brass

The New York Jets have made contact with free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

General manager Joe Douglas reportedly spoke with Clowney on Wednesday via conference call, but also noted the Jets were looking at numerous players to improve their pass rush, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

The Jets have those kind of needs and General Manager Joe Douglas was asked about the team’s interactions with the free agent on a Wednesday conference call. Douglas said they have been in contact with Clowney and suggested they’ve also spoken to other players who could improve the edge of their defense.

“We’re going to do our due diligence on everyone who’s out there — especially at edge rusher,” Douglas said, via Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.

Clowney–who was previously hoping for a contract with an annual value over $20 million–reportedly lowered his demands to $17 or $18 million per season, which is likely to be more appealing to Douglas.

The Jets still have a good amount of cap space, with over $32 million in free salary, according to Over The Cap. However, Douglas has been extremely cautious with respect to paying certain players above estimated value, as he showed in his refusal to re-sign wide receiver Robby Anderson after the Carolina Panthers guaranteed Anderson $12 million in his first season.

Clowney still had four forced fumbles and a pair of defensive touchdowns in 2019, but he also had 3.0 sacks and dealt with injuries, which have followed him his entire career.

Still, adding an edge defender might be the best move for a Jets team that already boasts an elite secondary. Whether Douglas is willing to commit most of his remaining cap is another question entirely.