Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry finally got his man, free agent DE Jadeveon Clowney. After several years of watching Clowney play for other teams, Berry and the Browns got Clowney to commit to them and signed him today on a one-year contract worth $8 million with additional incentives that would push that total to $10 million.
The former 2014 #1 draft pick, who played for the Houston Texans first, then the Seattle Seahawks in 2019 before signing with the Tennessee Titans last season, has been watched and analyzed for years by Berry. When Berry worked with the Philadelphia Eagles there was chatter in 2019 that the Texans were considering trading Clowney to Philly. That didn’t happen as he went to the Seahawks instead.
Last season, Clowney was looking for a team and the Browns offered Clowney various deals to bring him to Cleveland. Today, Clowney expressed to the local media in Cleveland, that his former player agent didn’t want him to consider Cleveland. Clowney has a new agent and now he is officially a Brown.
The buzz around the signing is another example of how these Browns are different. What Berry and the Browns have been able to accomplish this off-season, bringing in a slew of impressive young and experienced talent, is powerful and certainly will have the rest of the NFL and media outlets around the country considering the Browns a legitimate playoff contender and Super Bowl occupant.
Having Clowney in the mix now on the defensive line for the Browns will certainly help relieve some of the double teams other Browns DE Myles Garrett has had to deal with over the last few years. Clowney has a career 32 sacks, with his best year being in 2017 with 9.5 sacks. But it’s his run defense abilities that are a big plus for the Browns’ defense as well. It’s possible the Browns use Clowney in the early downs and then bring in young Takk Mckinley, a newly acquired free agent from the Atlanta Falcons, on 3rd downs to wreak havoc on the quarterback.
Here’s a look at what the Browns starting defense might look like now with the Clowney signing:
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With several interchangeable parts like Mack Wilson, Sione Takitaki, Andrew Billings, Jacob Phillips, Jordan Elliot and Malik Jackson.
Certainly, Clowney has had his ups and downs in his NFL playing career. Being a former #1 pick has its expectations. At the age of 28, Clowney is a low-risk, high-reward for the Browns.
The Browns now can place their attention on the upcoming NFL Draft in two weeks from the shores of Lake Erie. What and who will the Browns take now as they take that next step toward winning a Super Bowl?