Now that Cam Newton has agreed to sign with the New England Patriots, Jadeveon Clowney is officially the best player remaining on the open market. The former No. 1 overall pick has been in no rush to sign with a new team or re-sign with the Seattle Seahawks, and despite the fact that training camp is just a few weeks away, his mindset has not changed. On Tuesday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that Clowney has not narrowed down a final team and that he's "still open" to all offers. He also confirmed that he intends to sign with a team before the season starts if it is not delayed by COVID-19.
Clowney was dealt from the Houston Texans to the Seahawks prior to last season, and he recorded 31 combined tackles, three sacks, three passes defensed and one interception in 13 games. While those numbers certainly aren't some of the best he has put up over his six seasons in the NFL, Clowney appeared to be more at home in a 4-3 scheme instead of in a 3-4. The Seahawks have remained interested in re-signing the Pro Bowl pass rusher, and ESPN's Dianna Russini reported in May that both the Seahawks and Tennessee Titans had made multiple offers to Clowney -- but apparently nothing has matched his desired price tag.
Earlier this offseason, Clowney made his pitch to interested teams through Mark Berman of Fox 26, who reported that the Titans, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles had shown interest in Clowney. Clowney once was asking for north of $20 million per season, but has reportedly lowered his asking price to somewhere around $17 million per year. It will be interesting to see if this mini-holdout will lead to the money he's looking for, but regardless, Clowney can make an immediate impact for any team that is looking for help at rushing the quarterback.