The Seattle Seahawks took a risk in late August by trading for three-time Pro-Bowler Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney, the number one pick of the 2014 NFL Draft had totaled 24.5 sacks in his last three seasons with the Houston Texans and then joined a Seahawks defense in desperate need of a pass rusher after losing Frank Clark the year prior.
In 13 games with the Seahawks, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, seven tackles for a loss, four forced fumbles and an interception.
The problem is Clowney is set to become a free agent this offseason and a player of his caliber is usually in line to make some pretty good money. And while the Seahawks ranked second to last in the NFL in terms of sacks this season, Clowney undoubtedly makes Seattle's defense better.
Other teams will certainly be interested in signing the stud defensive end, but according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner has talked to Clowney about his upcoming free-agency decision.
“We've been talking” but then added “I want him to get his money,” Wagner said.
NFL free agency will start on March 13th. Wagner and the Seahawks organization have until then to convince the pass rusher to stay in Seattle (assuming that's what they want).
Yesterday, Clowney said via NFL Update that he is only interested in playing for a contender.
Jadeveon Clowney, who is scheduled to be a free agent this offseason, says his primary goal is to be with a contender. “I want to win…. I'm not going to some sorry team.”
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) January 13, 2020
Since 2012, the Seahawks have a regular-season record of 86-41-1, reached two Super Bowls—winning one—and have only missed the playoffs once.