It seemed an endless process to get Clowney back on the 2022 roster, but the team made it official last week by reaching a deal with the pass rusher.
Jadeveon Clowney’s deal with the Browns:
Signing bonus: $8M
Base salary: $1.25M
Per-game roster bonuses: $750K
It includes 4 void years. Factoring in his $3.6M dead cap charge from his last deal, Clowney counts a total of $7,067,647 against the cap.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 26, 2022
Clowney wasted no time getting back on the field and was at last week’s OTAs.
⑨⓪ getting that work in 💪 pic.twitter.com/0zKULo5TsD
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) May 28, 2022
Asked why he ultimately decided to run it back with the Browns for a second consecutive season, Clowney provided a simple yet direct answer.
“I just want to chase that Super Bowl.”
Let the chase begin pic.twitter.com/CMmdUjfwRf
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) May 30, 2022
He had a career resurgence last season while lining up opposite Myles Garrett.
The two worked well together, and Garrett was one of the biggest advocates clamoring for Clowney’s return.
2022 Browns Defense
There is plenty of upside to the Browns’ defense.
They are relatively young but improved over the course of the 2021 season.
.@Browns defense 👀💪🏼
🏈 Myles Garrett (16 sacks)
🏈 Jadeveon Clowney (37 comb. tackles)
🏈 Denzel Ward (3 int.)
🏈 Grant Delpit (66 comb. tackles) pic.twitter.com/wfHlYJw5Qm
— NFL On Prime Video (@NFLonPrime) May 26, 2022
Assuming they stay healthy and correct some of the errors that tripped them up in 2021 (penalties, 3rd and long conversions), they should be a force to reckon with.
Can The Browns Win The Super Bowl?
Is Clowney correct in thinking he and the Browns can ride to Super Bowl success in 2022?
It is May so technically all 32 teams are in contention at this point in the offseason.
Good Morning! It's a beautiful day to be kind, and the @Browns are going 11-5 and to the Super Bowl…see you there!
— RICH KING (@haveagoodassday) May 31, 2022
The Browns traded for Deshaun Watson because Andrew Berry is trying to build a superstar roster that could hoist the Lombardi Trophy next February.
But February is a long way away, and there are a lot of things that will happen between now and then.
Watson’s potential suspension is one of those things that could impact the Browns’ season before they even step on the field this September.
A very competitive AFC North division is another issue for the Browns; the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals are young and should only get better after their Cinderella run in 2021.
"Super Bowl Champion Cincinnati Bengals"
Just practicing. pic.twitter.com/n9t79eyTnJ
— 𝘉𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘊𝘢𝘱𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘯⚓ (@BengalsCaptain) May 15, 2022
Though there are a lot of unknowns, one thing is for sure; signing Clowney was a step in the right direction toward a trip to the Super Bowl for the Browns.