The Las Vegas Raiders determined to make the Jadeveon Clowney free company extra attention-grabbing when it was reported that they had been among the many groups attempting to signal him. The Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns have been the groups most frequently talked about within the Clowney sweepstakes however the Raiders now look like they’re actual gamers. As Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal identified, the Browns’ current transfer to restructure Olivier Vernon’s contract might imply they’re out of the operating for Clowney.
With the @Browns doubtlessly ending their Jadeveon Clowney run re-working Olivier Vernon’s contract, @Raiders might be in place to swoop in on Clowney.
— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) July 7, 2020
If Cleveland is out, which means the Raiders’ probabilities to signal him simply went up. Clowney went into the offseason hoping to make $20 million a season. No group appears considering paying him wherever near that, which is why he’s been a free agent for therefore lengthy. Las Vegas isn’t about to present him big cash, however they’ll give him one thing which is greater than what many of the NFL is providing him.
Raiders Insider Confirms Group Has Made Supply
The unique report that the Raiders made Clowney got here from Cecil Lammey of 104.three The Fan in Denver. The report has now been verified by Raiders insiders for The Athletic Tashan Reed and Vic Tafur:
Roughly 15 months after drafting second-year defensive finish Clelin Ferrell fourth within the NFL Draft, the Raiders are looking for extra assistance on the sting. Las Vegas has made a proposal to free agent defensive finish Jadeveon Clowney, in line with league sources, however is in a “distant” third place.
If the Browns are out on Clowney, that might put Las Vegas in second place. Seattle most likely remains to be the favourite to land the previous Professional Bowler resulting from the truth that he performed there final yr and they’re seemingly providing him more cash now. That mentioned, the Raiders might up their supply and change into critical contenders.
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Can By no means Have Too Many Good Defenders
Many Raider followers level to the truth that Clowney doesn’t have nice sack numbers as a cause why the group shouldn’t attempt to signal him. Whereas his sack numbers weren’t superb final yr, he has an honest observe document of with the ability to get to the quarterback. He’s additionally a superb run defender.
No, Clowney isn’t price something shut $20 million a yr, but when the Raiders might him for lower than $15 million a yr he’d be an excellent addition. The group used a really excessive draft choose on Clelin Ferrell simply final yr. Attempting to signal Clowney most likely means they aren’t supremely assured in his capacity to be a difference-maker. That mentioned, it doesn’t imply they’ve already given up on him. Signing Clowney wouldn’t imply Ferrell’s profession in silver and black is over. It simply provides the Raiders extra weapons to try to decelerate the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs’ offense.
The group had sturdy run protection final yr and including a participant like Clowney would possibly get them to the subsequent degree. He might not be the sack artist that many Raiders followers would favor, however he’s a well-rounded defender when wholesome and might be an impression participant.
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