Things have been quiet on the Jadeveon Clowney front, but we did get a small update on Wednesday morning from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. He reported that Clowney hasn't found the market he was hoping for.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 18, 2020
Garafolo did reiterate that Clowney is in line for a huge payday, but it might not be the top-of-the-market contract he was expecting. That could obviously change, but for now, that's good news for the Seahawks. I have always been of the thought that Clowney would be able to find his mega deal, which is why I didn't believe a return to Seattle was in the cards. If Clowney's market has truly been overestimated, as Garafolo suggested, then it increases the odds that the Seahawks are able to get him back.
To this point, we have no idea what Seattle has offered, but based on Garafolo's report, it seems like the Seahawks offer is likely below the $21 million/year that DeForest Buckner received from the Colts.
The tricky part of Clowney's free agency process is that it's likely already been prolonged due to COVID-19. The NFL has banned in-person visits for the time being, which means teams aren't able to have their own medical teams evaluate players. The lack of an in-person physical might be giving teams pause when considering giving Clowney the money he's looking for. The one workaround is having Clowney get an exam at a hospital in his city of residence. Those results would then be sent to teams. But again, for a potential contract and player of Clowney's magnitude, that likely won't suffice for most clubs.
There are surely still other teams in the mix besides the Seahawks, many of which are also probably hoping to get Clowney at a discount. Keep an eye on the Titans, who just cleared cap space by trading Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey to Denver in exchange for a seventh-round pick.
Over the cap has the Seahawks at $18.3 million in cap space. A few cap casualty cuts are likely on the way with Ed Dickson ($3 million in savings) and Justin Britt ($8.5 million in savings) being the most likely candidates.
Clowney recorded just 3.5 sacks in 2019, but that doesn't nearly illustrate his overall level of production. He found a way to be disruptive against the run and pass while battling through a painful core muscle injury for much of the season. His cash windfall will come eventually, but it sounds like he may need to temper his lofty expectations. The longer this process draws out, the better news it is for the Seahawks.
Report: Jadeveon Clowney 'hasn't found the market he expected' originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest