The team most closely connected to Clowney in recent weeks has not given up its pursuit. The Browns have made multiple offers to the former No. 1 overall pick, and both are still on the table, Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com reports. Cleveland is believed to have submitted a one-year offer in the $15 million ballpark, and Cabot adds the Browns' multiyear proposal is at or near the top of the list.
Clowney could be using the Browns as leverage, hoping one of the teams he would like to play for bites. He has been linked to being open to playing for both New York teams, and the Cowboys and Saints have entered the equation as teams for which the talented edge defender would prefer to play. As for the Browns, Cabot notes they are not first on Clowney’s list. That said, the veteran Cleveland reporter adds that Clowney has not shut the door on a Cleveland stay either.
At the same time, the Browns are not aggressively pursuing Clowney. They have been discussing a Myles Garrett extension, and those talks can easily lead to Clowney dialogue because agent Bus Cook represents both pass rushers.
While nothing of note has come from the teams with which Clowney may be eager to sign, the Browns, Seahawks, Titans and Eagles have been mentioned as interested parties. But the latter might not be up to his price tag. Clowney dropped his price off the $20 million-per-year point early in the offseason, but he continues to wait. So does Olivier Vernon, who looms as a potential hard-luck cap casualty if the Browns land Clowney. The Browns are set to pay Vernon a non-guaranteed $15.25 million base salary this season.