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After months of hypothesis and anticipation, the Jadeveon Clowney sweepstakes is over. The Tennessee Titans are the winners.
The crew on Sunday introduced it had agreed to phrases with the previous Seahawks edge rusher. Clowney, 27, used to be extensively regarded as the most productive loose agent in the marketplace and right away adjustments the complexion of the Titans protection.
The deal is for 12 months and as much as $15 million, in line with ESPN. Moreover, Professional Soccer Communicate reported that the Titans agreed not to practice the franchise tag to Clowney in 2021, that means he can hit the open marketplace once more subsequent offseason.
The transfer comes simply in time for Clowney to arrange for the crew’s season opener towards the Broncos in Denver on Sept. 14. Clowney must cross 3 COVID-19 checks in a four-day span, along with a bodily, sooner than becoming a member of the Titans at the observe box.
In Clowney, Tennessee will get a flexible defender who prospers when lining up in several spots. Even if he had handiest 3 sacks closing season after having no less than 9 in every of the 2 seasons prior whilst with the Texans, Clowney used to be 5th in ESPN’s Cross Rush Win Charge at 24.eight% and he confronted double groups on 26.three% of his edge-rush snaps, the third-highest charge amongst qualifying defenders, in line with ESPN’s Brady Henderson.
It’ll be a reunion for Clowney and Titans trainer Mike Vrabel, who coached the 6-foot-Five, 255-pounder when Vrabel used to be Houston’s linebackers trainer from 2014-16 and defensive coordinator in 2017. Clowney additionally has familiarity with new Titans secondary trainer Anthony Midget, who spent 2014-18 training the Texans secondary, and just lately signed cornerback Johnathan Joseph. Clowney and Joseph are each Rock Hill, S.C., natives and feature what the Houston Chronicle described as “a dating like brothers.”
Clowney, a South Carolina product, used to be the primary total select within the 2014 draft.
Previous this offseason, the Titans added Vic Beasley to strengthen their cross rush. The outdoor linebacking corps come with handiest 3 others – Harold Landry, who led the crew a season in the past with 9 sacks, along with Kamalei Correa and Derick Roberson – because the Titans opted to liberate D’Andre Walker, Wyatt Ray and Jamal Davis on Saturday as a part of roster minimize day.
The Titans made a shocking business in March through transport five-time Professional Bowl defensive take on Jurrell Casey to the Denver Broncos in what amounted to a wage unload. Tennessee gained just a seventh-round draft select in go back. That transfer, which stored the Titans greater than $10 million in 2020 cap area, looked as if it would set the degree for one thing larger.
Then, in mid-July, the Titans and Derrick Henry agreed to a four-year extension that if truth be told decreased his 2020 wage cap hit – from $10.2 million to $6 million – giving Titans basic supervisor Jon Robinson much more room to paintings with.
In that example, Robinson’s endurance paid off. A identical development looked as if it would spread within the crew’s pursuit of Clowney.
Clowney’s preliminary asking value initially of the offseason used to be reportedly $20 million. His marketplace worth used to be $17.1 million in line with season, in line with spotrac.com. His 2019 profits from Seattle totaled $15 million.
Apply Erik Bacharach on Twitter @ErikBacharach.