Browns' Updated Depth Chart, Salary Cap After Reported Jadeveon Clowney Contract

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 14, 2021

Tennessee Titans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (99) stands on the sideline in the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)
AP Photo/Wade Payne

The Cleveland Browns have reportedly signed defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to a one-year, $8 million deal, with an additional $2 million in potential incentives, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. 

So, what does the team's updated defensive depth chart look like after the signing? 

  • LDE: Myles Garrett, Joe Jackson
  • DT: Sheldon Richardson, Jordan Elliott
  • DT: Andrew Billings, Malik Jackson
  • RDE: Jadeveon Clowney, Takkarist McKinley, Porter Gustin
  • OLB: Sione Takitaki, Malcolm Smith
  • MLB: Anthony Walker, Mack Wilson
  • OLB: Jacob Phillips, Elijah Lee
  • CB: Denzel Ward, MJ Stewart
  • CB: Greedy Williams, Robert Jackson
  • FS: Grant Delpit, Jovante Moffatt
  • SS: John Johnson III, Ronnie Harrison

Clowney, 28, hasn't registered elite counting stats in the past two seasons, with just three sacks across 21 games (and none last year). In eight games for the Tennessee Titans last year he posted 19 tackles (four for loss), six quarterback hits and a forced fumble. 

His modest sack totals—he's never posted double-digit sacks in a season—often belie his overall impact, however:

Mike Clay @MikeClayNFL

Love this for the Browns, who needed an edge complement to Garrett. Clowney’s sacks haven't been there, but he's been double teamed plenty and his pass rush win rate has been solid. I think he rebounds in what looks like a very, very good D. https://t.co/EX7yfIxDnO

Jake Trotter @Jake_Trotter

Highest pass rush win rates since 2018: <br>1 Robert Quinn: 28%<br>2. T.J. Watt: 27%<br>3. Myles Garrett: 26%<br>4. Aaron Donald: 26%<br>5. Jadeveon Clowney: 25%<br>Via @NextGenStats @ESPNStatsInfo

Seth Walder @SethWalder

Highest double team rate when pass rushing as an edge, 2018-2020.<br><br>Michael Bennett 30%<br>Za'Darius Smith 29%<br>Jadeveon Clowney 28%<br><br>(ESPN / Next Gen Stats)

IG: JosinaAnderson @JosinaAnderson

GM Andrew Berry is solidly stacking Cleveland’s roster. Encourage #Browns fans to study the back third of Clowney’s last season in SEA &amp;/t postseason run, after battling a core issue. Impact is on video. Yes he’s a great run-defender, ability to rush (circa ‘17 &amp; ‘18) is there.

The former top overall pick is a solid run defender and generates pressure off the edge, and opposite Garrett he's unlikely to see many double teams. That duo has the potential to be incredibly disruptive. 

Garrett, 25, has emerged as one of the game's best defensive linemen, posting 12 sacks, 48 tackles (10 for loss), 18 quarterback hits, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 14 games last season. It was his third straight season with double-digit sacks. 

The Browns are building a scary team. After going 11-5 last season, the Browns beat their hated rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the Wild Card Round and nearly knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. 

Players like Garrett, Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb, among others, have the Browns trending in the right direction. This is the best Browns team in decades, and a group that has legitimate title aspirations. 

Adding Clowney only makes them more dangerous.