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Jadeveon Clowney speaks out on his plans for signing with new NFL team

Jadeveon Clowney entered free agency as one of the top pass rushers on the market, and yet, it’s late June and he remains unsigned. Clearly, there is a disconnect between what Clowney is asking for and what the rest of the NFL feels he is worth, but the defensive lineman isn’t sweating it.

Clowney told Josina Anderson of ESPN that he plans to sign with a team “before the season starts” but that he has “not narrowed down a final team.”

The 27-year-old spent the 2019-20 campaign with the Seattle Seahawks, registering 31 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, a pair of fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns. A sports hernia injury plagued him for much of the second half of the season and limited him to 13 games overall. He then underwent surgery to repair the issue in February.

Clowney, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected by the Houston Texans with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Injuries derailed his rookie year, as he played in just four games. The following season, Clowney appeared in 13 contests but was disappointing, recording 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

It wasn’t until 2016 when Clowney finally began to establish himself, making his first of three-straight Pro Bowl appearances. The Texans traded Clowney to the Seahawks shortly before last season began after the two sides could not come to terms on a long-term contract.

In spite of the cachet that his name carries, Clowney has never logged a double-digit sack campaign, topping out at 9.5 sacks back in 2017.