The Seahawks made an enormous transfer on Saturday in trading for safety Jamal Adams, however have they got one other deal up their sleeve?
Seattle has been attempting to convey again pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney all offseason. The Seahawks traded for Clowney final 12 months, and he performed in 13 video games for the franchise. He grew to become a free agent after the season and nonetheless hasn’t selected a brand new group. The Seahawks needed to convey him again, however the transfer for Adams would possibly have ended their pursuit.
ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler appeared on “SportsCenter” Sunday morning and defined why Clowney to Seattle is unlikely to occur.
“(The Seahawks) flirted with bringing again Jadeveon Clowney, the free agent move rusher, just about all offseason,” Fowler mentioned. “However I am instructed that with this Adams deal, that every one however closes the e book on Clowney. As a result of they want that $15 million or in order that they’d have given him to construction a deal for Adams.”
Based on Spotrac, the Seahawks have slightly below $17 million of cap area remaining. As Fowler notes, most of that cash will should be spent on Adams’ contract extension. And again in March, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported Clowney was looking for a contract price $20 million per 12 months.
It is nonetheless attainable if Clowney is prepared to play for considerably lower than he desires, and it seems Adams is hoping that is the case. Throughout a session on Instagram Reside, Adams instructed Clowney he “would possibly as properly keep” in Seattle.
Again in June on the NFL Draft Insiders Podcast, Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline reported the Seahawks aren’t in Clowney’s desired touchdown spots. Pauline mentioned Clowney’s prime two groups he was inquisitive about have been the Cowboys and Saints. However he additionally mentioned Clowney can be prepared to signal a one-year deal.
“What I’m instructed proper now by folks in his camp is that Clowney can be simply as pleased signing a one-year cope with a playoff-contending group versus, say, signing a three-year cope with a middle-of-the-road franchise,” Pauline mentioned. “If he can get an honest one-year deal from a group that was within the playoffs, from a group that he might assist take to the following degree, I’m instructed he can be very pleased to try this.”
Nonetheless, Pauline mentioned Clowney wanted a “first rate one-year deal.” With Seattle’s present cap construction and need to increase Adams, a good contract with Clowney is unlikely. And that is why Fowler believes Seattle’s pursuit of Clowney is basically over.