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The Seahawks Must Sign Jadeveon Clowney Immediately

Tristan Jung
Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent, but it would make sense for the Seahawks to resign him.
Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent, but it would make sense for the Seahawks to resign him. / Steven Ryan/Getty Images
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NFL free agency is in full swing, and Jadeveon Clowney is one of the most sought after pass rushers on the market. Clowney spent last year on the Seattle Seahawks after being traded from the Houston Texans, and there's a strong case for Seahawks GM John Schneider to bring him back for next season.

Clowney has drawn strong interest from a number of franchises, including the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. While Clowney only had 3.0 sacks last year and suffered from injuries, he's still a game-changing defensive lineman that excels in both the run and pass defense.

The Seahawks are also desperate for talent on the defensive line. Even with Clowney, they had one of the worst pass rush units in the NFL last year, finishing 30th on Football Outsiders in adjusted sack rate. The defense overall was 18th in DVOA.

Seattle has roughly $30 million cap room left and a definite need at the position, so it makes sense to bring him back. We're not sure what Clowney's asking price would be, but the Seahawks could fit it in their budget, especially with the team relatively set on other parts of the roster.

The market has also thinned in recent days with the Chicago Bears signing Robert Quinn and Jason Hargrove going to the Philadelphia Eagles. With pass rushers always at a premium, the Seahawks are going to run out of available targets if they don't sign Clowney quickly.

On Clowney's end, the number of teams looking for his services is also thinning by the day. The Indianapolis Colts traded a first-round pick for DeForest Buckner, removing another potential bidder. It makes sense for Clowney, if he wants to play for a contender, to stick with the Seahawks more than ever. It's clear that both parties would benefit from signing a contract.


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