Though there have been many NFL offseason surprises, this will not be one if it comes true for the Cleveland Browns.
Brad Stainbrook reports that it is unlikely that defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be back with the team in 2022.
How do we know this?
Stainbrook reports that he is “settling his affairs” in Cleveland this week.
That is never a good sign.
What Clowney Wants
Clowney has played on a series of one-year deals so presumably, he is looking for money and long-term stability with one team.
The door is not completely closed with Cleveland, but things are not looking promising.
Clowney’s renaissance in Cleveland in 2021 should enable him to entertain lucrative offers.
He also apparently likes warm weather which Cleveland does not offer in the winter.
Near the end of the season, Clowney spoke positively about his time in Cleveland.
“It’s been one of the fastest seasons because of the guys I’ve played with. Great group of guys, fun group, coaching staff’s been laid back and everything’s been going pretty smooth. I enjoyed my time, enjoyed this year so far.”
#Browns Jadeveon Clowney on what makes him and Myles Garrett such good pair:
The competitiveness. We both want to get to the QB before the other. When I turn the corner I look to see if he is there. I tell him he's gotta meet me there.
— Matt Fontana (@MattFontana83) January 10, 2022
Garrett Wants Him To Stay
Myles Garrett has been clear and candid about wanting Clowney to stay in Cleveland.
Myles Garrett on fellow defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who will be a free agent this offseason: "I want him here.” #Browns
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) January 7, 2022
He enjoyed playing with him and wanted to keep the defense together as much as possible.
It remains to be seen if Garrett will get his wish.
The Browns have been quiet about their plans for Clowney and with six days remaining until free agency opens, it seems like something would have to happen very soon if they plan to re-sign him.
Jadeveon Clowney reportedly leaning toward departing Cleveland to go get a bag.
Browns fans: start to wrap your head around an EDGE in the first round so you aren't disappointed in April.
— Christian Williams (@CWilliamsNFL) March 10, 2022
If not, the NFL Draft will be an outlet for the team to seek high-level DE talent.
Without Clowney on the roster, it would increase the likelihood of the Browns using the No. 13 pick for a defensive end.
As with everything in this offseason, we will continue to wait and wonder for a few more days.
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