Jadeveon Clowney finally found a team for the 2020 season.
The veteran pass rusher has agreed to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Titans ultimately outbid the New Orleans Saints for the 27-year-old Pro Bowler. The Saints’ final offer was reportedly $2 million lower than what the Titans gave him.
Clowney was the top pass rusher on the free agent market this offseason, but his high salary demands and questionable medical records caused teams to be reluctant in their pursuit of him.
He also preferred to go to a Super Bowl contender and reportedly refused to sign offers made by the Cleveland Browns.
By joining the Titans, the former first overall pick of the 2014 draft is reunited with head coach Mike Vrabel, who was Clowney’s defensive coordinator in 2017 with the Houston Texans when he had a career year of 9.5 sacks, 21 QB hits, 59 tackles – 21 for losses – two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Clowney, however, is coming off a rather pedestrian season with the Seattle Seahawks, whom he was traded to at the end of preseason last year. He finished with just three sacks in 13 games, but had four forced fumbles – one of which he returned for a touchdown – and an interception also returned for a touchdown.
He also played through the second half of the season with a core muscle injury he sustained in Week 10, which kept him out of two games while he missed a third game due to the flu. Clowney waited until after the season to have surgery on the injury.
Still, Clowney joins a Titans team that was one game shy of the Super Bowl last season – falling to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game – and Tennessee adds a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end to its defense.