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ESPN predicts the Seahawks will not re-sign Jadeveon Clowney

Seahawks, Jadeveon Clowney

Prior to the 2019 NFL campaign, the Seattle Seahawks made a blockbuster trade, acquiring defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney in a deal with the Houston Texans.

However, the Seahawks did so knowing full well that Clowney would be a free agent this offseason, and there stands a good chance that Seattle won’t be bringing him back.

As a matter of fact, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com predicts that the Seahawks will not re-sign Clowney next month.

It’s definitely a tough decision for Seattle, as the club had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL even with Clowney on board this past season, but it should be noted that Clowney’s production was rather limited.

In 13 games, the soon-to-be-27-year-old logged 31 tackles and just three sacks, and while he did add an interception, four forced fumbles and a couple of fumble recoveries, his inability to consistently get to the quarterback was a problem.

To be fair to Clowney, he suffered a sports hernia injury in Week 10 and was clearly hampered by the issue for the remainder of the season, but he also doesn’t have the greatest track record in terms of racking up sacks.

As a matter of fact, since entering the league as a No. 1 overall pick back in 2014, Clowney has yet to register a double-digit sack campaign, topping out at 9.5 sacks in 2017.

For that reason, the Seahawks may feel inclined to spend their money on a superior pass rusher, especially given the type of massive contract that Clowney will likely command on the free-agent market.