Cleveland Browns: 3 contract extensions that won’t happen

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Jadeveon Clowney chants along with fans during NFL football training camp, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Berea, Ohio /

3. Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End

When the rumblings started that the Cleveland Browns were interested in Jadeveon Clowney in 2020, my first thought was no way we can afford him. Fortunately for the Browns, his last stints with the Seahawks and Titans didn’t go as planned and lessened his market value.

Berry getting Clowney for $8 million was an absolute steal in my opinion, and I think he is going to have a dominant year that will keep him from re-signing with the Browns.

Clowney was at his best alongside J.J. Watt with the Houston Texans. It’s hard to improve from that partner in crime, but Myles Garrett will do just fine. Clowney has always been an elite-run defender, and I think he is looking at double-digit sacks in 2021 because of his motivation and the one-on-one opportunities that he will have.

At age 29 and coming off a 10+ sack season and going to the AFC Championship game, Clowney will get a king’s ransom from someone, and the Browns won’t be able to keep him. Clowney must be careful to go to an organization that can pair him with someone else, but he won’t be able to turn down the money.

The one-year gift is exactly that for the Cleveland Browns. Clowney will dominate for one year, and then be on his way to another organization on a long-term deal.