That is no longer the case but not because the two parties couldn't come to terms on an agreement. NFL insider Josina Anderson tweeted that travel issues prevented the edge-rusher from making it to Cleveland on Monday, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added the two sides are now expected to meet Wednesday. That meeting will likely include Clowney having a physical:
My understanding is there was a travel issue on the #Browns arranged second visit/ physical with FA edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney for Monday. Was expected to arrive late Sunday. There's hope to finalize a new booking soon, potentially midweek, at this time, per sources.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 12, 2021
Free agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney is set to fly to Cleveland on Tuesday night and visit with the #Browns on Wednesday, source said. His 2nd visit to the team. Nothing immiment right now, but the two sides have maintained contact and share mutual interest.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2021
Clowney met with the Browns last month early into the free-agency process but left without a deal. Last season, the 28-year-old was limited to eight games with the Tennessee Titans before he landed on injured reserve with a torn meniscus. He recorded zero sacks, 19 total tackles, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, and six quarterback hits on the campaign.
Also last month, the Browns acquired pass-rusher Takkarist McKinley to play opposite All-Pro Myles Garrett on the defensive line via a one-year "prove it" deal. As Pro Football Focus noted, Clowney is more known as a run-stopper these days.
"Since entering the league, Clowney is a 95th percentile run defender and a 77th percentile pass-rusher, so his future team should expect similar snap-to-snap production at this point," PFF explains.
The Browns, or any other team, could add "void years" to Clowney's contract to extend salary-cap hits beyond 2020, if necessary.