Player No. 2 for Cleveland Browns to re-sign: Jadeveon Clowney
It’s extremely rare for a defensive front to feature two former No. 1 overall picks, but the Browns have that in Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.
After missing out on J.J. Watt and others in the offseason, Berry and the Browns turned to Clowney, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Texans back in the 2014 draft. This seemed like a bit of a risk, as Clowney didn’t pan out with the Titans a year prior, mainly due to injuries.
Berry took the gamble and it is only costing the team $8 million for this year. In 2022 and possibly beyond that, Clowney needs to continue donning the Orange and Brown. Even if it’s a two-year deal worth $16 million (again, I’ll let Berry figure that out) that wouldn’t be bad at all.
While he doesn’t have Defensive Player of the Year, eye-popping stats, he has been a disruptive force alongside Garrett, who is well on his way to DPOY honors.
The eight-year veteran has accumulated three-and-a-half sacks on the season, which is a distant second behind Garrett’s 14, but still better than his previous two years, where he recorded three total sacks, none with the Titans last year.
He has 26 total tackles (17 solo), eight for a loss, 13 quarterback hits, and 21 pressures. The pressure he has been able to bring has freed up Garrett to get home and bring the opposing quarterback down. Clowney has played and started 11 games this season and has been on the field for 74 percent of the defensive snaps.
It would be nice to see Clowney and Garrett paired together after this season as this duo can do damage to the opposition, especially if defensive coordinator Joe Woods aligns the two up on the same side of the line.