Seven-year NFL linebacker/defensive end, Jadeveon Clowney, has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Browns. Clowney, a former first-round pick, spent last season with the Tennessee Titans. Clowney was the first player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.
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Jadeveon Clowney, Cleveland Browns, Agree to Contract
The 2020 NFL season was one to forget for Clowney. He was once thought to be the next great all-time pass rusher. Here as of late though, Clowney does not even pass as a starter in the league. Many believe his recent string of injuries are to blame for his recent lack of production. The more likely reason is Clowney just never really developing as a pass rusher. In the NFL, physical skills and traits are nothing without the technique to back them up.
Clowney initially entered the league in 2014 as the first overall pick of the NFL draft. Selected by the Houston Texans, he registered 29 sacks and two defensive touchdowns in five seasons with the team. Clowney also tallied four forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries. He earned his only three Pro Bowl selections during his time with the Texans.
After four and a half seasons with the Texans, Clowney was traded to the Seattle Seahawks. In 13 games with the Seahawks, he recorded a measly three sacks. Clowney did manage to score a defensive touchdown, but the Seahawks clearly did not get the production they were expecting from him. Because of the lack of production, and his ridiculously high asking price, the Seahawks chose not to re-sign Clowney.
After spending a long time in free agency, Clowney eventually signed a one-year deal with the Titans. After starting in eight games and registering zero sacks, Clowney found himself hurt once again and in need of surgery. He is now charged with the task of proving he can still be a productive player in this league. The days of Clowney being a dominant pass rusher may be long gone though.
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