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Jadeveon Clowney ‘moving towards’ new deal with Seahawks

Jadeveon Clowney, Seahawks

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is one of the top free agents still on the board after three days of NFL free agency. However, there’s some chatter that Clowney and the Seattle Seahawks are moving towards a new deal, according to ProFootballTalk

The Seahawks acquired Clowney back in September for a third-round pick and two players. This past season, Clowney posted three sacks and 16 quarterback hits in 13 games. Despite recording just three sacks, Clowney’s presence was still effective against opposing passers and running backs. According to Po Football Focus, he was ranked the 20th best edge defender in the NFL.

When free agency began, Clowney was seeking to command a deal worth $20 million per year. There were some reports that the Seahawks offered Clowney a contract that would pay him $18.5 million per season.

It’s possible that the Seahawks are concerned about Clowney’s past injury history. Clowney had surgery after the season to repair a sports hernia. That injury caused him to miss three games last season. However, he’s expected to be fully healthy before the start of the 2020 NFL season. Many teams have expressed interest in Clowney too, but due to the coronavirus outbreak, they cannot fly him in for a physical.

Nevertheless, Clowney has expressed his gratitude for the Seahawks organization.

“After spending the last year in Seattle and seeing how they do things, I would definitely like to return next season,” Clowney told Josina Anderson of ESPN. “However, I’m also open to new opportunities if it comes down to that.”