Jadeveon Clowney is set to be one of the NFL's top defensive players hitting free agency this year. With the Seattle Seahawks losing to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional Round, Clowney's search for a new contract has begun.
Although injury may have tempered his production much of this season, he still has the otherworldly talent and skill to provide a huge upgrade for teams looking for pass rushers. Clowney has 21.5 sacks over the last three seasons, and has proven himself to be an elite run-stuffer.
Clowney has announced he is favoring Super Bowl contenders in his search. With that in mind, here's a list of four places where Clowney can go this offseason:
1. Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys have $81.9 million in cap space heading into the 2020 offseason. While some of that will most likely go to Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, they also have two big-name defensive ends, Michael Bennett and Robert Quinn, hitting free agency. Signing Clowney would allow the Cowboys to pair him with DeMarcus Lawrence to form a powerful tandem on the defensive line. It would also be a return to Texas (which has no state income tax) after his years in Houston. Dallas ranked No. 19 in both sacks and Football Outsiders' adjusted sack rate last year, and they could make big strides by adding Clowney.
2. Las Vegas Raiders
The Raiders have been rumored for every free agent under the sun, but they could really use Clowney to bolster their defensive line. After finishing 27th in adjusted sack rate, the Raiders will be looking to improve their pass rush, whether that's through the NFL Draft or in free agency. While they were a fringe playoff contender in 2019, they'll likely want to make a big splash before the inaugural season in Las Vegas. If they go after Clowney, the Raiders will have plenty of cap room (estimated at $60.3 million) and the ability to offer him a long-term deal.
3. Tennessee Titans
Whenever the Tennessee Titans are done steamrolling AFC favorites in the playoffs, they could look into signing Clowney during the 2020 offseason. The Titans have a healthy $57 million in cap room and are clearly far more competitive than anyone could've expected. Tennessee ranked 15th in adjusted sack rate, but they don't have any standout stars. Signing Clowney to a long-term deal would be risky, especially with Ryan Tannehill also hitting the market, but the Titans have the cap space to make it work.
4. Seattle Seahawks
Moving to a new team might not even be necessary for Clowney, as the Seahawks have the need and the money to make a strong bid to re-sign Clowney for 2020. Seattle has $68.5 million in cap space and a desperate need to strengthen their pass rush after finishing tied for 29th in the NFL in total sacks. After spending a third-round pick to acquire Clowney, the Seahawks will likely be interested in bringing him back for 2020. Seattle will also have the option to use the franchise tag on Clowney.
Join FanDuel Sportsbook Today. New users get a risk-free bet up to $500. Join Now.
Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.