Jadeveon Clowney returning to Seahawks remains unlikely
The Seattle Seahawks previously made re-signing Jadeveon Clowney a priority.
But as Clowney remains content waiting for a contract in his desired price range, the Seahawks have made moves of their own. Now, according to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, a reunion is unlikely:
While Jadeveon Clowney remains open to re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks, the defensive end would have to take significantly less money than what the team previously offered him in order for a reunion to happen, a league source told ESPN.
The Seahawks have not shut the door on re-signing Clowney, but it’s not considered likely in part because of their financial situation and the amount of money the free-agent defensive end has been seeking.
Henderson also noted Seahawks general manager John Schneider indicated as much after the team signed free-agent defensive ends Bruce Irvin and Benson Mayowa (via Henderson):
“We took a good run at it,” Schneider told KJR-AM last week. “It didn’t happen. He’s a great guy. He fit in great in the locker room, did a really nice job for us, but we need to be conducting business, and he just was not in a position to make a move. So we gave it a run and now you’ve got to keep going, and that’s what we’ve done.”
The Seahawks have over $21 million in salary cap space, per Over The Cap. However, that is before rookie signings, and Clowney has demanded in excess of $17 million.
Aside from signing both Irvin and Mayowa, the Seahawks also drafted Texas Tech linebacker Jordyn Brooks and Tennessee edge-rusher Darrell Taylor to upgrade the defense. These might also have been signs the team was content moving on from Clowney.
Though Clowney often won individual matchups and was solid in coverage, he also dealt with injuries last year, and has yet to post double-digit sacks in a single season.