Jadeveon Clowney Rumors: Jets Have 'No Interest' in Signing Star to Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJuly 31, 2020

FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) watches during an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz. Jameis Winston, Cam Newton and Clowney didn't have to wait long at all to find homes in the NFL when they came out of college. The three former No. 1 overall draft picks are finding things moving much more slowly as they search for new homes or contracts this offseason. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
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Despite finishing 23rd in the NFL last season with 35 sacks, the New York Jets reportedly won't be pursuing Jadeveon Clowney

Per ESPN's Rich Cimini, the Jets have "no interest" in signing the three-time Pro Bowler. 

The subject came up when Bradley McDougald, who was acquired from the Seattle Seahawks as part of the Jamal Adams trade, told reporters he would "love to have" his former teammate in New York. 

Clowney is the biggest remaining free agent on the market, though there is no indication a signing is imminent. 

Per Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson, "several NFL sources" believe Clowney won't sign soon. 

A source told Robinson that Clowney "may be inclined" to do what he did last year when he didn't report to camp with the Houston Texans until August. The Texans traded Clowney to the Seahawks on Sept. 1 for Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-round pick. 

Clowney did have core muscle surgery in February after playing through the injury during the 2019 season. The South Carolina alum told Mark Berman of Fox 26 in May that he will "ready to go whenever the time comes."

Clowney was linked to the Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns at various points this offseason, but nothing has come from those rumors. 

Drafted No. 1 overall by the Texans in 2014, Clowney was named to three straight Pro Bowls from 2016-18, which included registering 18.5 sacks over those last two seasons. The 27-year-old had 31 combined tackles, 13 tackles for loss and three sacks in 13 games with the Seahawks last season. 


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