CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Jadeveon Clowney is returning to the Browns.
The defensive end announced the agreement, which was first reported by Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, on his Instagram account.
“Run it back,” Clowney wrote.
Clowney agreed to another one-year deal worth up to $11 million.
After being limited to just 21 games and three sacks over two seasons following three straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2016-18, Clowney was able to get his career – and health back on track by playing in 14 games last season in Cleveland.
Clowney had 9.0 sacks, 19 QB hits, 11 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles playing opposite of All-Pro and Pro Bowl defensive end Myles Garrett in 2021.
Clowney was not shy expressing his enjoyment about playing for the Browns throughout last season calling Cleveland one of the best cities he has played football in.
“I have enjoyed it,” Clowney said in December. “I am not going to say it is my favorite because and only because I have been to Houston, and I was drafted there, and that city welcomed me with open arms and I was there from the beginning, but this has been no fall off from that.
“A great fan base. A great city. Great teammates. I can’t complain about anything. It is just I was just drafted to Houston earlier, and they took me in like that.”
As the 2021 season wound down, Garrett publicly campaigned for Cowney’s return.
“I want him here,” Garrett said in December. “I feel like he is disruptive every time he is out there, especially when we are out there together and they can’t key in on just one of us. They guy is hitting his stride. I think he has a lot of football left, and he does know that.”
Following a 21-16 win over the Bengals January 9 in the Browns season finale, Clowney was candid about where he stood entering the offseason.
“Especially coming out of this, you are playing at a high level, and you want to get paid like it,” Clowney said after the game. “I had a couple of years that I have been hurt, but I always thought I was playing well. I have just been injured. I just want to make it through a year healthy and show people I can play at a high level and stay healthy. That was my goal this year, to be in a healthier place than I have been the last few years. I think I reached that.”
When asked if it simply came down to money Clowney responded, “I am not saying that right now, but what I am saying is that it is about money. Not about the most – but it is [also] about being comfortable in the right place, the guys around you and all of that comes into play when you decide where to go.”
Clowney’s return fills a gaping hole on the defensive line and allows Chase Winovich, acquired in a trade this offseason from New England for linebacker Mack Wilson, third-round pick and rookie Alex Wright to compete for rotational roles along with free agent additions Stephen Weatherly and Isaac Rochell.