Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll hasn’t closed door on Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney is, surprisingly, still a free agent. And many believe that the Seattle Seahawks (the team he spent 2019 with) are out on the star. Why else would they take this long to re-sign the pass rusher?
These feelings were only validated thanks to the 2020 NFL Draft, which ended on Saturday. Seattle spent their first two picks (a first rounder and a second rounder) on a pair of pass rushers.
With their first-round pick, they selected outside linebacker Jordyn Brooks out of Texas Tech. Then in the second round, they selected defensive end Darrell Taylor out of Tennessee. Seattle even added another defensive end (Alton Robinson from Syracuse) in the fifth round.
So why would they want to bring back Clowney for all that money when they clearly are trying to restock their pass rush through the draft?
Well according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, head coach Pete Carroll has not closed the door on Clowney just yet.
Pete Carroll said of Jadeveon Clowney that the Seahawks will keep in touch with him and that "if there's an opportunity that makes sense we will dive back in and pursue it.''
— bcondotta (@bcondotta) April 26, 2020
Many consider Clowney a superstar. And he expects to be paid like one too. However, he had just three sacks in 13 games in 2019. Clowney did set a new career-high in forced fumbles (four) and had his first career interception, though.
Still, with the last season’s mediocre production, it’s easy to see why Seattle doesn’t want to sign Clowney to a mega-deal. And Carroll’s comments make it appear that is still the case.
Carroll says that they would like him back if the opportunity is there. He also says that it would have to make sense — and that’s likely talking about financial sense. If they can get Clowney for cheaper, the Seahawks could benefit greatly from his presence.
At the current price though, they might want to stay away and use that money elsewhere in the future. Getting a few pass rushers in the draft will likely help their leverage when it comes to negotiations. But it’s never say never when it comes to a Clowney-Seattle reunion.