The Seahawks made a big step in security trading Jamal Adams on Saturday, but do they still have a deal up their sleeve?
Seattle tried to bring pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney back out of season. The Seahawks were traded for Clowney last year and he played in 13 games for the franchise. After the season, he became a free agent and still hasn’t decided on a new team. The Seahawks wanted to bring him back, but the move for Adams might have ended their persecution.
ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler appeared at the SportsCenter on Sunday morning and explained why Clowney is unlikely to come to Seattle.
“(The Seahawks) flirted with bringing Jadeveon Clowney, the free agent pass rusher back, pretty much everything out of season,” said Fowler. “But I was told that this Adams deal pretty much closes the Clowney book. Because they need that $ 15 million to structure it for Adams.”
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According to Spotrac, the Seahawks still have just under $ 17 million in cap space. As Fowler notes, most of the money has to be spent on Adams’ contract renewal. And in March, Dianna Russini of ESPN reported that Clowney had sought a $ 20 million a year contract.
It is still possible when Clowney is ready to play for a lot less than he wants, and it seems Adams hopes this will be the case. During a session on Instagram Live, Adams told Clowney that “he might as well stay in Seattle.”
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Back in June, Tony Pauline from Pro Football Network reported on the NFL Draft Insiders Podcast that the Seahawks were not at clowney’s desired landing sites. Pauline said that clowneys were two top teams he was interested in, the Cowboys and Saints. But he also said Clowney was ready to sign a one-year contract.
“What I’m being told by people in his camp right now is that Clowney would be just as happy to sign a one-year deal with a playoff-rival team as signing a three-year deal with a midfielder -road franchise,” said Pauline. “If he can get a decent one-year contract from a team that was in the playoffs, from a team that he can take to the next level, I am told that he would love to do it.”
Still, Pauline said Clowney needed a “decent one-year contract.” Given Seattle’s current cap structure and desire to extend Adams, a cheap contract with Clowney is unlikely. And that’s why Fowler believes Seattle’s pursuit of Clowney is essentially over.