Seahawks’ Pete Carroll says re-signing Jadeveon Clowney is a ‘top priority’
It is safe to say that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll would like former Houston Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney back in the Pacific Northwest next season and beyond. With Clowney slated to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, it remains to be seen as to where exactly the All-Pro defender ultimately lands—whether it is in Seattle or elsewhere.
However, there may be a mutual interest in play here as Clowney, according to The News Tribune’s Gregg Bell, appeared to be pretty happy in Seattle this season, his first as a member of the Seahawks.
Pete Carroll says Jadeveon Clowney went upstairs to GM John Schneider's office to tell him how much he loved being with #Seahawks, how much he loves it here. A good sign he may return–if the price is right, of course/always
— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 13, 2020
Carroll also indicated to reporters on Monday that re-signing Clowney would be a “top priority” in the offseason.
#Seahawks DE Jadeveon Clowney will have core-muscle surgery next week. Pete Carroll told reporters that re-signing Clowney will be a top priority this offseason.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 13, 2020
Clowney, who previously spent his entire NFL playing career in Houston, was infamously traded from the Texans to the Seahawks prior to the start of the 2019 regular season. Prior to eventually making his way from Houston to Seattle, the veteran pass rusher was selected by the Texans with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of South Carolina.
In his lone season as a member of the Seahawks as it stands today, Clowney produced 31 total tackles, one interception, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three pass defenses. It is also worth noting that Clowney helped lead the Seahawks back to the postseason while appearing in 13 regular-season games and a pair of playoffs games in 2019-20.
Unfortunately for Clowney and the Seahawks, Seattle was forced to travel to take on the heralded Green Bay Packers in the divisional round. As the Seahawks can attest, it is no easy task stealing a road win at Lambeau Field.