Clowney, who is recovering from offseason knee surgery, appeared to be at full speed during the Browns' recent minicamp, Jake Trotter of ESPN reports. Clowney missed the remainder of the Titans' 2020 campaign after suffering a torn meniscus in Week 10. The Browns then invested $10 million this offseason in the hope that the 28-year-old -- who didn't record a sack in eight games last year -- would be healthy enough to bounce back, creating a dynamic duo with Myles Garrett. It appears that Clowney has moved past his knee issue, but the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft hasn't recorded more than three sacks in a season since 2018, his last campaign with the Texans.
Clowney agreed Wednesday with the Browns on a one-year deal worth up to $10 million, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Clowney, whose 2020 campaign with the Titans was cut short by a torn meniscus in his left knee, inked the deal Wednesday after passing his physical with the team. The No. 1 overall pick in 2014 NFL Draft will presumably step in as a starter with the Browns opposite Myles Garrett, with Takkarist McKinley on hand in a rotational role. If Clowney returns to full health, he, Garrett and McKinley should form one of the NFL's most fearsome pass-rushing trios. While playing at less than 100 percent last season before he underwent surgery, Clowney logged 19 tackles and no sacks in eight games for Tennessee.
Clowney (knee) visited the Browns on Wednesday, but a deal with the team isn't imminent, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Cleveland showed interest in Clowney last offseason as well, but the league's COVID-19 protocols prevented an in-person meeting at that time. Now having met face-to-face, the Browns could feel more comfortable discussing an actual deal with Clowney. Clowney is expected to receive medical clearance in April, which could further facilitate contract talks. A one-year, prove-it deal could be in the cards for the 28-year-old edge rusher, as he's coming off an injury-plagued season with the Titans. Even in the eight games in which he was able to take the field, Clowney was fairly inefficient and unproductive, recording no sacks and 19 tackles before landing on injured reserve with a torn meniscus in his left knee that later required surgery.
Clowney (knee) should be medically cleared at some point in April, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Recovering from December meniscus surgery, the 28-year-old edge rusher is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agency for a second straight offseason. And, much like last year, he'll be rehabbing from winter surgery while he goes through the process. Clowney ultimately settled for a one-year, $13 million contract from Tennessee last year, signing in September and playing eight games before the meniscus injury ended his season. He finished with only 19 tackles, six QB hits and no sacks, so he might consider another one-year, prove-it deal this offseason.
Coach Mike Vrabel said Monday that he doesn't have a clear timetable for Clowney's (knee) return, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Clowney isn't eligible to practice for two more weeks, but there is growing concern that he'll require more time to return. Vrabel has been coy about Clowney's injury status and whether surgery would be required, and it's fair to believe his IR stint could last longer than three weeks. Derick Roberson stepped into Clowney's role in Week 11 and figures to continue doing so for the time being.
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