Jadeveon Clowney has remained on the free agent market for longer than he might have guessed, but the former No.1 overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft is reportedly open to a return to Seattle.
Clowney, speaking with Houston Fox affiliate KRIV, said he feels he is still on the market due to social distancing restrictions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless, he said he enjoyed his one season with Seattle and is open to returning to the team. He was traded to the Seahawks in September by Houston.
“I loved Seattle when I was there this last year,” Clowney said. “I love the coaching staff. I wouldn’t trade them guys in. You know, I hope we can work something out, if anything happens. I did like it up there. I loved (Russell Wilson), I loved all the guys I played with. Jarran Reed and (Branden Jackson), all them boys in my D room. I respect them guys.”
Free agent DE Jadeveon Clowney (@clownejd) working at @PlexAthlete in Houston: “Whoever I sign with is gonna get the best version of me..I know what I got to do to get where I need to get.” (Hasn’t ruled out the @Seahawks): “I love Seattle..I love everybody on the coaching staff” pic.twitter.com/Al0dbbKQcG
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) May 6, 2020
Clowney, who is still recovering from core surgery in February, is reportedly seeking a deal that would more closely align with what the top players at his position make. For comparison, Khalil Mack, Demarcus Lawrence and Frank Clark make $23.5 million, $21 million and $20.8 million a year, respectively. Clowney had $16 million in guarantees for the 2019 season.
Whether the Seahawks can still make a move on Clowney remains to be seen. The team has a reported $21.3 million remaining in cap space, per Over The Cap, and have added Benson Mayowa (Raiders) and Bruce Irvin (Panthers) as veteran pass-rushers. They also drafted Darrell Taylor (Tennessee) and Alton Robinson (Syracuse) to that position from the 2020 NFL Draft as well.
Clowney played 13 games for Seattle in 2019 and, despite only registering three sacks, was disruptive when pressuring quarterbacks and stopping the run. He tallied 31 total tackles (seven for loss) and an interception return for touchdown.