While there was some uncertainty as to whether or not Jadeveon Clowney was really coming to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night, we now have better confirmation that it’s happening.
After ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that Clowney was expected to join the Titans, Josina Anderson noted that the free-agent pass-rusher told her he hadn’t yet made his final decision, which kind of left things in limbo.
However, late last night Anderson reported that Clowney had finally told her he was indeed going to Nashville despite a valiant effort from the New Orleans Saints. At the end of the day, it was about familiarity with Clowney, who has experience playing under Titans head coach Mike Vrabel.
Jadeveon Clowney just informed me he just let the #Saints know he's now chosen the #Titans. New Orleans made a last ditch push through the overnight to improve its deal & lure him away, but "it came down to familiarity over economics." Added "packing now to head there in morning"
— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) September 6, 2020
On Sunday morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport revealed the details of the contract the Titans are giving Clowney. The deal will be for one year and worth more than $12 million dollars.
The #Titans are giving pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney a 1-year deal worth more than $12M — and an opportunity to cash in again in 2021 if he has a big season. Worth noting that Clowney had his best season in 2017 in Houston with Mike Vrabel as his defensive coordinator.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 6, 2020
Considering there were several reports throughout Clowney watch that said he was dead set on getting anywhere from $15-20 million in a deal, Tennessee will have gotten an absolute steal the closer to $12 million the figure actually is.
Now, the Titans will try to get Clowney acclimated as quickly as possible in the hopes he can start contributing right away in Week 1, and all of a sudden Tennessee’s pass-rush went from suspect to deadly in one fail swoop.