Veteran defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will run it back with the Cleveland Browns. According to multiple reports, Clowney and Browns came to terms on a one-year deal over the weekend.
Clowney’s new deal with the Browns is reportedly worth up to $11 million. It comes after the 29-year-old player had a productive2022 campaign that saw him get 37 tackles, 9.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and two pass deflections.
After investing heavily in the offense during the offseason, it was expected that the Browns address some needs on defense as well. Their biggest need was arguably a defensive end to play opposite to Pro Bowler Myles Garrett, and there were not a lot of better options than Clowney on the market. By keeping the 2014’s first-overall pick in the building, Cleveland ensures a great one-two punch that will keep the quarterbacks in the AFC North on their toes.
Jadeveon Clowney spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Houston Texans, earning three Pro Bowl nods while with the franchise. However, after the two sides failed to negotiate an extension, Clowney was traded to the Seattle Seahawks ahead of 2019.
Following a solid campaign in Seattle, Clowney took his talents to Tennessee, agreeing to a one-year contract with the Titans. While expected to be the leading Titans’ pass rusher, Clowney had a somewhat disappointing year in 2020 and spent half of the season on the sidelines. This led him to sign a below-market deal with the Browns in 2021 in hopes of resurrecting his career, which he eventually did.
Clowney’s pro stats include 292 tackles, 41.0 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, 20 pass deflections, and four defensive touchdowns.