Clowney, a former No. 1 overall pick in 2014, remains unsigned after he over-valued the market for his services when free agency opened in March. Clowney was reportedly asking for nearly $20 million annually, an amount no team seems willing to pay.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter (h/t ESPN's Jake Trotter), it does not appear that Clowney has any interest in signing with Cleveland.
As Schefter notes, there could be a number of reasons for Clowney’s lack of interest in the Browns. That obviously starts with concern over the organization, which has been an issue for some free agents in recent years.
Clowney, 27, played last season for the Seattle Seahawks and recorded just three sacks in 13 games. He had been among the top edge pass- rushers in the NFL during his final three seasons with the Houston Texans before they shipped him off Seattle ahead of the 2019 season.
In addition to the Browns, the Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles have been linked to Clowney in recent weeks. It also appears his soon-to-be former team, the Seahawks, are not interested in bringing him back.
The market will ultimately dictate where Clowney ends up. While he might not view the Browns as an attractive landing spot, they have reportedly upped the financial ante. That will play a role at some point soon.
The sooner we get to the likely start of training camp late this summer, the more pressure will be on Clowney to accept what’s in front of him. That’s when we’ll finally see this drawn-out story come to a culmination.
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