Free-agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney reportedly is "willing to take" a one- or two-year contract in order to rebuild his value before hitting the open market again.
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported the update Thursday:
Clowney was acquired by the Seattle Seahawks in an August 2019 trade with the Houston Texans.
The 27-year-old South Carolina native failed to produce his usual pass-rushing numbers, recording just three sacks to go along with 31 total tackles, four forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown across 13 appearances.
He still received a strong 87.3 grade from Pro Football Focus last season, however, and he tallied 29 sacks across the previous four years with the Texans.
Clowney explained in January his focus was more on trying to find the right fit with a championship contender than the financial value of the offers.
"I just want to win," he said. "I'm trying to get to the Super Bowl by any means. That's what I'm looking for: Who's going to get me there? I ain't looking to get on no sorry team for no money. That ain't going to fly. I ain't gonna put my body through all of that just to lose no 16 games, go home with my check. I'd hate that, so that ain't what I'm doing. So if I can't win no Super Bowl, I ain't going to no team that can't win."
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted last week Clowney is in "no rush" to sign after failing to land a lucrative long-term deal early in free agency. ESPN Seattle's John Clayton reported the defensive end lowered his asking price from $22-24 million annually to around $17 million per season.
The Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants and Tennessee Titans are among the teams that have been linked to the defensive end during free agency.
Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is one of the few game-changing players still available.