A new report suggests that free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney could sign “very soon”, and the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints are two teams “making strong pushes” for the former No. 1 overall pick.
The report comes from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, who notes that “both teams want him on the field by Monday and are making pitches.”
Jadeveon Clowney could be with a team a very soon. I’m told the Tennessee Titans and the New Orleans Saints are both making strong pushes to sign the free agent. Both teams want him on the field by Monday and are making their pitches.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) September 3, 2020
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero says that the Saints are “sending an all-out blitz” in an attempt to land the biggest fish left on the free-agent market, which includes Clowney talking to Saints head coach, Sean Payton.
The #Saints are sending an all-out blitz to try to sign Jadeveon Clowney, who has spoken multiple times to coach Sean Payton, sources tell me and @RapSheet. At least two other teams still involved as Clowney’s extended free-agent saga nears a close.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 3, 2020
Earlier in the day, Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported that Clowney had frustrated suitors like the Titans because of his “lack of engagement” throughout the process — or in other words, he’s basically been ghosting interested teams.
More from @CharlesRobinson on Clowney, teams are saying they have implored Clowney’s agent to get him involved in conversations, agent saying “he will try” to get Clowney to even get on phone with teams. “Teams are like, ‘This is crazy.'”
— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) September 3, 2020
Robinson also noted that Clowney’s options were pretty much down to two teams in the Titans and Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks might still be involved, Russini’s and Pelissero’s reports indicate that the Saints are a real threat in this.
For New Orleans to make a deal with Clowney work, they’d have to free up some money in order to do so. Per Over the Cap, the Saints have just under $7 million to work with. Meanwhile, the Titans have plenty of room, with around $22 million freed up.