3. Jadeveon Clowney
A new saying in the NFL is apparently, “You can never have enough pass rushers”. With the free agency market getting softer, there is more and more steam that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could end up signing with the Browns. This may happen in an ideal situation as it appears Clowney may not love Cleveland. But, if the Browns can sign him at a discount and get a motivated player, there is a chance of getting a huge payoff.
With Myles Garrett and Olivier Vernon under contract for 2020 already, some may wonder is Clowney necessary. The simple answer is, yes. After starting the free agency period with a price tag of $20 million per year, it was last reported the Browns offered $15 million to the 27-year-old three-time pro-bowler.
With $37 million of cap space for 2020 and a history of injuries to Vernon, Clowney could add a tremendous amount of depth to the defensive line. With the attention Clowney would draw, you could also see Garrett have a defensive MVP type season with 16 plus sacks. With an injury to Vernon last season, Garrett was facing a huge percentage of double teams and still had 10 sacks in 10 games.
Time will tell if the market will pick up for Clowney. An early injury could spark interest from a team, but unfortunately at such a high price, there is only a small percentage of teams that can afford his services. It appears the Browns and Tennessee Titans are the two front-runners currently.
Clowney appears to be in no hurry to sign but expect him to decide before minicamp opens on July 28. If the Browns can snag a motivated Clowney for $15 million on a one-year contract, it is a no brainer. Clowney is a tremendous player and will make the entire defense better. The big question will be, does Clowney want to play in Cleveland, which remains to be seen.