3 Most Likely Destinations for Jadeveon Clowney in Free Agency
By Max Staley
The Tennessee Titans' Jadeveon Clowney experiment did not work out for either party. Clowney bet on himself by taking a one-year deal with the Titans, and he only managed to play eight games, failing to register a single sack. Tennessee's defense sure could have used Clowney, as the Titans were a bottom-10 scoring defense and generated pressure at the second-lowest rate in the NFL (17.6%).
Set to hit unrestricted free agency, it makes sense for both sides to move on. Here are three of the most likely destinations for Clowney in free agency.
Jadeveon Clowney Free Agency
3. Cincinnati Bengals
The Cincinnati Bengals ranked just ahead of the Titans in pressure rate, sitting at No. 30 in the NFL (19.0%). They also generated a league-low 17.0 sacks. Obviously, it's going to be next to impossible for Cincinnati to compete against the likes of Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield in the AFC North with a pass-rushing unit like that. Signing Clowney is a risk, but he'd give this front four the shot in the arm it needs. Cincinnati has $45 million in cap space, so it should be able to sign him to a nice deal.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars have more money to burn than any other team in the league. This would be a nice, splashy signing for an organization that's looking to make some noise now that the Trevor Lawrence-Urban Meyer era is about to kick off. Jacksonville was a bottom-five team in terms of pressure rate (20.1%). Clowney's presence could help open things up for burgeoning star Josh Allen, who had 10.5 sacks as a rookie in 2019 but only recorded 2.5 in an injury-plagued 2020 campaign.
1. Green Bay Packers
Preston Smith fell off in a big way in 2020. After a 12-sack season in 2019, he only racked up 4.0 sacks this year. As a result, the Green Bay Packers had the sixth-lowest pressure rate in the league (21.1%). That reared its head in the NFC Championship Game, as Tom Brady was sacked only once and hit just 4 times. Green Bay just isn't going to win at a high level with a pass-rush like that, and Z'Darious Smith obviously needs some help. Clowney would be just that. The Packers don't seem to have the cap space to land a player of Clowney's caliber, but if he's willing to take a prove-it deal to rehab his image around the league, Green Bay would be an excellent fit.
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