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1:38 AM EThenderson_brady Pending UFA Clowney desires to play for contender

Brady HendersonESPN


GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Jadeveon Clowney mentioned his precedence in free company shall be to play for a contender.

“I simply wish to win,” the defensive finish mentioned after the Seattle Seahawks’ season got here to an finish with a 28-23 loss to the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Subject. “I am making an attempt to get to the Tremendous Bowl by any means. That is what I am searching for: Who’s going to get me there? I ain’t trying to get on no sorry crew for no cash. That ain’t going to fly. I ain’t gonna put my physique by all of that simply to lose no 16 video games, go residence with my verify. I might hate that, in order that ain’t what I am doing. So if I am unable to win no Tremendous Bowl, I ain’t going to no crew that may’t win.”


Clowney, who turns 27 subsequent month, headlines the listing of Seahawks scheduled to grow to be unrestricted free brokers in March and shall be one of many high accessible pass-rushers available on the market. His first order of offseason enterprise shall be to find out if he’ll have surgical procedure on the core-muscle damage that has plagued him since Week 10. He mentioned he in all probability will, although Clowney determined to place off surgical procedure after a November go to to Dr. William Meyers, a core-muscle specialist in Philadelphia.

“I even do not know if I confirmed something,” Clowney mentioned when requested about enjoying by the damage versus having in-season surgical procedure that will have sidelined him for a number of weeks. “I simply wish to present it to my crew. I do not care about what anyone else sees. These guys within the locker room know what I used to be coping with. They knew that I used to be going to get to Sunday and let all of it hang around, and that is what they requested for.

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“They inform me each week: ‘Thanks for not quitting on us and never giving up.’ I mentioned, ‘Y’all ain’t by no means acquired to fret about that with me.’ If I can go, I’ll go. That is what it’s. If I used to be capable of go the remainder of the season, combat for them, I used to be going to combat for them.”

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Clowney was one of many Seahawks’ most impactful defenders regardless of his low sack whole. He completed with solely three sacks within the common season, then had one within the wild-card spherical and a half-sack Sunday in opposition to Inexperienced Bay to go along with seven tackles. Nevertheless, he completed fifth within the common season in ESPN’s Move Rush Win Price, at 24.eight%. That ESPN metric, which is powered by NFL Subsequent Gen Stats, measures how usually a defender beats his blocker in 2.5 seconds or much less.

Clowney additionally scored a pair of defensive touchdowns this season. His hit on Carson Wentz final weekend, which did not draw a flag or a league nice, knocked the Eagles quarterback out of Seattle’s wild-card win.

The Seahawks acquired Clowney in a commerce with the Houston Texans in late August and agreed to not use the franchise or transition tag on him after this season. That was after he nixed a commerce to the Miami Dolphins, later telling NFL Community that he did not wish to play for a crew that was “gonna tank the season for a rattling quarterback.”

“It has been nice,” he mentioned of his time with the Seahawks. “It has been nice. Nice expertise. I met an amazing group of men. I simply advised them, ‘I recognize everybody on this locker room as a result of I did not know the way it was going to go once I acquired to Seattle’ … so I walked in laughing and guffawing. They have been accepting me ever since. I feel it was expertise.”

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The No. 1 general choose in 2014, Clowney performed on a fifth-year crew possibility in 2018 and a one-year, $15 million deal this season, which means he has performed six NFL seasons with out reaching unrestricted free company. His 2019 deal, which changed his franchise-tag tender, included a $7 million signing bonus paid by Houston. The Seahawks have been eligible to barter an extension with Clowney because the finish of the common season.

“Now we have quite a lot of respect for him, the entire group,” linebacker Bobby Wagner mentioned. “Myself, I do not know what that damage looks like, however I do know it is robust enjoying by an damage … so we have quite a lot of respect for him. We recognize him coming on the market and giving all the pieces he is acquired. He is been an amazing participant, nice teammate, and he is undoubtedly any person that deserves all the pieces that is coming his method.”

Nearly all of the Seahawks’ pending UFAs are offensive or defensive linemen, together with Clowney, Jarran Reed, Ezekiel Ansah, Al Woods, Quinton Jefferson, Germain Ifedi, Mike Iupati and George Fant. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks is one other.

The Seahawks are projected to have greater than $61 million in 2020 cap house, in accordance with ESPN’s Roster Administration System information.

“It could be superb,” Wagner mentioned of the opportunity of getting Clowney again. “You will have a playmaker, have, like I mentioned, an amazing teammate, an amazing individual, and to have that dominant good individual in your room, in your crew, is one thing that we’d undoubtedly love. However, clearly, enterprise is enterprise.”

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