Free agents Cleveland Browns should target in second-wave of free agency
By Dan Justik
Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End
This may be considered a pipe-dream for the Browns due to the seemingly high cost of signing Jadeveon Clowney. However, if the Browns do decide to cut Olivier Vernon and his $15.5 million salary, the Browns would have the ability to sign Clowney at roughly the same salary, if Clowney would be willing to take a one-year deal.
Clowney’s market has clearly not been what he has expected it would be. There is always a premium for pass rushers in the NFL, but teams have not been willing to pay what Clowney desires as of right now. If that remains the case, Clowney may be willing to take a one-year deal to land a lucrative deal next offseason.
Should Clowney consider a one-year deal, the Browns should jump at the opportunity. The 27-year-old did not have the 2019 season expected, compiling only three sacks and seven tackles for loss in 13 games. However, Clowney was battling a core muscle injury that likely slowed him down during the 2019 campaign. In the two seasons prior to 2019, Clowney compiled 18.5 sacks and 37 tackles for loss.
Pairing Clowney with Myles Garrett would create a duo that would make it nearly impossible for any offensive line to contain. Clowney is also an elite run stuffer, which is area the Browns defense needs to improve upon the most in 2020.
Clowney’s lack of production in 2019 and health concerns are likely drying up his market, so there is a decent chance Clowney may seek a one-year deal. If that is the case, the Browns need to seriously consider the idea of targeting Clowney.