After multiple outlets challenged ESPN’s original Jadeveon Clowney report regarding a decision to sign with the Tennessee Titans, Clowney himself confirmed his plans over night. The former No. 1 overall draft pick and elite edge rusher will sign with the Titans, he told NFL insider Josina Anderson.
Clowney reportedly juggled last-minute offers from both the Titans and New Orleans Saints, but “it came down to familiarity over economics” as Clowney has ties to head coach Mike Vrabel.
Clowney told Anderson he will arrive in Nashville this morning to assimilate himself with the program.
Clowney was the No. 1 overall pick by the Texans in 2014, and played in Vrabel’s scheme before his move to the Seattle Seahawks in 2019. The Titans lost some defensive star power this offseason with Logan Ryan’s departure in free agency. Clowney gives one of the AFC’s top teams the top edge rusher on the open market.
Over the last couple of days, the Titans and New Orleans Saints have reportedly been pushing hard to sign Clowney. On Friday, NFL Network’s Mike Garofolo revealed that the Saints has been doing some behind-the-scenes work to make sure they could make the money work in order to add Clowney.
“Despite the fact that training camp hasn’t been what it’s been in year’s past and certainly wasn’t this year with the slow ramp up, once we got close to training camp Clowney said ‘you know what, I’m going to take my time and sign right before Week 1,’” Garafolo said on Good Morning Football. “So the expectation is it’s going to be soon and the Titans and Saints are amongst the teams making some of the stronger pushes for Clowney right now. I’ll also add this. The Saints have gone to their veteran guys who have some big numbers to say ‘if we need to rework your deal in the coming days, can you work with us? Because we need to create some cap space.’”
Clowney appeared in 13 games with 11 starts last season for the Seahawks, recording 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks, 13 quarterback hits, three pass breakups, one interception, four forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns. He battled a hip injury towards the end of the season that left him out of three games.
A former five-star recruit out of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, S.C., Clowney was not only the consensus No. 1 overall prospect in the 2011 class but also the top-ranked prospect of the modern recruiting era (since 2000), according to the 247Sports Composite.
In three seasons with the Gamecocks, he racked up 129 tackles, 47 tackles for loss, 24 sacks, seven pass breakups and nine forced fumbles. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and won the Ted Hendricks Award for the nation’s top defensive end as a sophomore in addition to garnering first-team All-America honors in each of his final two seasons.