Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is confident that his team will become a force to be reckoned with in the 2020 NFL season. It is safe to say that bringing in a player of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney's caliber would help them kick things up a notch.
There has been some speculation regarding the Raiders interest in Clowney at this point in the offseason. According to ESPN's Diana Russini, they are not among the notable frontrunners:
For those keeping track, I was told the Raiders are not in the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes.
The update hardly comes as a surprise considering the Raiders were seen as a long shot to acquire his services to begin with. Although adding a household name like Clowney would have been an ideal way to usher in a new era at Allegiant Stadium, it does not appear to be in the books for Gruden at general manager Mike Mayock.
Las Vegas has put an emphasis on fortifying their edge rush in recent years. They kickstarted their efforts last offseason by taking defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. While he struggled to fit the billing as a former top-five pick, they did manage to unearth another gem in the fourth round with defensive end Maxx Crosby.
Regardless, they are still dealing with some depth issues on the edge with the departure of defensive end Benson Mayowa in free agency. Meanwhile, Clowney will likely continue to take a patient approach before signing a deal that is to his liking.