NFL rumors: Jadeveon Clowney lowers asking price in NFL free agency
Jadeveon Clowney was likely hoping his demands of a contract in excess of $20 million in annual average value (AAV) would be reasonable, given what had already transpired in the market.
After all, the Indianapolis Colts gave star defensive tackle DeForest Buckner $21 million in AAV after acquiring him from the San Francisco 49ers, who themselves agreed to pay defensive end, Arik Armstead, $17 million per year.
However, it appears those demands scared off most of his market, forcing Clowney to reconsider the asking price. League sources told Dianna Russini of ESPN Clowney is now looking for $17 or $18 million per year.
The asking price for free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has dropped at least $2 million off the more than $20 million per season that he had been seeking, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini on Wednesday.
Clowney is now seeking a number closer to $17 million to $18 million, and the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans remain “interested” in signing the three-time Pro Bowl selection, sources told ESPN.
Clowney battled through a core muscle injury en route to a pretty monster 2019. Although he had just 3.0 sacks, Clowney notched four forced fumbles and a pair of defensive touchdowns while also posing as arguably the best player on the field during a Wild Card win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
However, teams interested in Clowney are likely wary of his injury history, not to mention the fact he has yet to reach double-digit sacks in a single season.
That said, Clowney only just turned 27, and he ranked seventh among defensive ends in pass-rush win rate. His best days might still be ahead.