Jadeveon Clowney is set to hit the open free agency market this offseason and there has been some speculation that he could end up leaving the Seattle Seahawks. He will be looking for “market-setting money” this offseason and it doesn’t necessary have to come from the Seahawks.
Pro Football Focus has projected that despite the big money demands from Clowney, the Seahawks will end up re-signing him when everything is said and done.
He produced a below-average pressure rate in 2019. He’s a good player — we aren’t debating that — but the price has to be right. Regardless, it seems like the Seahawks will do whatever is needed to bring him back since their defensive line is already subpar (23rd in overall grade and 31st in pass-rush grade).
Speaking of the lower numbers that Clowney put up in 2019, health did play a factor. He ended up playing in 13 games for Seattle, racking up 31 total tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception, a defensive touchdown, and three defended passes.
Those numbers may not be amazing from a sack total perspective, but his impact was clear. The Seahawks cannot afford to lose that kind of presence on their defensive front.
Clowney is going to receive quite a few offers from around the NFL. However, the Seahawks are a team that could pay him if they choose to do so, and also have the ability to offer him a chance to compete for a Super Bowl.
Seattle certainly has the upper hand in negotiations. It isn’t a guarantee that he will return in free agency, but it seems likely. The Seahawks need to make sure that this gets done.