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Jadeveon Clowney Rumors: Contract Asking Price Drops Closer to $17-18M Per Year

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2020

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) looks on during an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in Philadelphia. Seattle won 17-9. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney is still without a team as free agency continues, and his asking price has reportedly decreased from $20 million or more to a number closer to the $17-18 million range. 

ESPN's Dianna Russini reported the news Wednesday, noting such a decrease "could spark more interest" in the defensive end, who still has the attention of the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans.

Talent is not a question for Clowney, who entered the league as the No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft.

He played the first five years of his career with the Houston Texans, overcoming some durability concerns after he appeared in just four games as a rookie. He has played at least 13 contests every year since and went to three straight Pro Bowls from 2016 through 2018 while in Houston.

However, Clowney was inconsistent during the 2019 campaign while playing for the Seahawks and notched a mere three sacks in 13 games. It was a far cry from the 18.5 combined sacks he had the previous two years while suiting up for the Texans.

Outside of the underwhelming sack total last year, there are still some health concerns even though he hasn't missed much time over the past five years.

Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian noted the University of South Carolina product had offseason surgery that "has left potential suitors wondering if he's healthy," as they cannot visit him for in-person interviews or physicals because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Still, few remaining players on the market offer the same type of upside that Clowney, 27, does at this stage of his career.

As his asking price reportedly drops, teams could jump at the chance to add a three-time Pro Bowler to their pass rush.

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