Derrick Henry makes a push for Titans to sign Jadeveon Clowney
Free agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney and the Tennessee Titans have long been linked as a potential match this offseason, as the former Houston Texans star defensive end, last of the Seattle Seahawks, still seeks out a new team in the spring, and now, summer.
Titans star running back Derrick Henry is trying to get this to happen, per Erik Bacharach in the Tennessean:
The player on everyone’s mind in that regard is, of course, Jadeveon Clowney, the highly coveted pass rusher who is the biggest prize still remaining in free agency.
Henry knows well what Clowney brings to the table as a defender after spending three seasons (2016-18) in the same division as him when Clowney was with the Texans.
“He’s a great player. He’s a furious player,” Henry said of Clowney. “He’s been playing at a high level for a while. If he wants to sign with Tennessee, we would definitely welcome him with open arms. Hopefully if they’re talking, we can get something done.”
It’s easy to understand why the Titans could be interested. Clowney, 27, is a former first-overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans, later earning three Pro Bowl selections before he was traded to the Seahawks prior to the 2019 campaign.
Last season was, statistically, the defensive end’s worst outing, relative to Clowney’s own performance. But Clowney has not been quick to sign with a new team this offseason; in fact, he is essentially the last major player to find employment since turning free agent at the beginning of the NFL’s fiscal year back in March.
Henry, meanwhile, inked a lucrative contract extension before the league’s deadline yesterday, agreeing to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Titans following his star-making regular season and postseason performance in 2019-20.