As he continues to remain unsigned, three-time Pro Bowler Jadeveon Clowney has two teams atop his list of preferred landing spots.
Pauline added that the star edge-rusher might be content to take a short-term deal with a franchise aiming for a Super Bowl in 2020. "If he can get a decent one-year deal from a team that was in the playoffs, a team that he could help take to the next level…I'm told he would be very happy to do that."
Pauline noted why the Cowboys and Saints might be long shots, unless Clowney is willing to accept a salary well below what his value would otherwise probably be.
The Saints have just under $8.8 million in available salary-cap space, while the Cowboys are at $11.3 million.
ESPN's Dianna Russini reported in April that Clowney had lowered his asking price but was still seeking a deal in the range of $17 million to $18 million.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (via Seahawks Wire's Patrick Olde Loohuis) told 106.7 The Fan earlier this month the Seattle Seahawks were prepared to pay around $15 million on a one-year contract and that the Cleveland Browns may have gone up to $18 million.
The 27-year-old missed three games in 2019 and underwent core muscle surgery this offseason.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has prevented teams from holding in-person workouts with free agents and performing their own physicals. That has proved troublesome for veterans in Clowney's position, with Cam Newton in the same boat.
The longer he remains a free agent, the more leverage Clowney could lose because he'll presumably want to sign before the start of the regular season. But it's difficult to envision Dallas or New Orleans becoming a serious suitor without clearing a significant amount of cap space.