A Jadeveon Clowney, Tennessee marriage might be a no-go due to the NFL Draft
Jadeveon Clowney remains a free agent and the Tennessee Titans are among the teams that have expressed interest in signing him. At the same time, depending on what the Titans do in the 2020 NFL Draft, signing Clowney may not come into fruition.
#Titans GM Jon Robinson on team's pursuit of Jadeveon Clowney: "We haven't closed the door on anything but I'd also say we haven't inched closer to any finality either. … Who we pick could potentially impact that."
— Erik Bacharach (@ErikBacharach) April 20, 2020
Before free agency got underway, Clowney was expected to be one of the marquee names available. However, the former No. 1 pick set his asking price at $20 million annually.
Due to his steep asking price, there weren’t many teams that showed interest in signing him. With Clowney still waiting in free agency, he’s lowered his asking price and he may be forced to sign a short-term deal.
As a result, the Titans have emerged as a team that could lure the Pro Bowl edge rusher. But before they begin laying the groundwork for a deal, Tennessee wants to see what is available in the upcoming draft.
Heading into the draft, the Titans possess the No. 29 pick in the first round of the draft. Altogether, Tennessee has only six draft picks, but they could decide to trade their first-round pick to compile more picks.
Regardless of what they do, the Titans are going to have their sights on taking an edge rusher in the draft. On the other hand, if they don’t like any of the available options in the draft, they could re-open talks with Clowney.
Earlier this offseason, Tennessee added Vic Beasley in hopes he could provide a spark off of the edge. Now, depending on what happens in this year’s draft, the Titans could add another former first-round pick to their defensive front.