Three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney reportedly has expressed to those close to him that he wants to join the Dallas Cowboys. And, what’s more, the high-profile free agent would consider taking less money in order to facilitate his desire.
Plugged-in NFL analyst Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network passed along word that Dallas is on Clowney’s short-list of preferred destinations, along with the New Orleans Saints.
“I was told the two teams on top of Clowney’s list, as far as where he would like to end up, are the Dallas Cowboys and the New Orleans Saints,” Pauline said during his latest NFL Draft Insiders podcast. “He would definitely help both of those teams. Both of them are a little bit cap-strapped; the Saints have less than $9 million, the Cowboys about $11.2 million. I don’t think either of that is going to be enough to bring Clowney in. They would have to do some significant maneuvering of salary in order to bring him in for a year if, in fact, those teams want him. I don’t know that they want him. I know Clowney wouldn’t mind ending up with the Cowboys or the Saints, from what I’m told.”
Following a 13-game stint in Seattle last season, Clowney has languished on the open market, failing to draw the salary he allegedly sought — $20 million annually, nearly franchise quarterback money. He reportedly has since lowered his asking price to around $17-18 million per year and drawn offers from suitors such as the Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns.
The Seahawks are also interested in re-signing the former Texans No. 1 overall pick, who underwent sports hernia surgery in February, not long before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered NFL facilities and prevented Clowney from taking visits (and associated physicals).
Based on what Pauline is hearing, as pertains to Clowney’s criteria, it’s likely he returns to his 2019 employer or agrees to a potential prove-it contract with the Titans.
“What I’m told is right now — by people in his camp — that Clowney would be just as happy signing a one-year deal with a playoff-contending team versus signing a three-year deal with a middle-of-the-road franchise,” he said. “If he can get a decent one-year deal from a team that was in the playoffs, a team that he could help take to the next level, I’m told, he would be very happy to …read more