Jadeveon Clowney is expected to sign with Tennessee. A one year, 15 million dollar contract with the Titans, according to sources. This amidst changing agents a day ago.
The former number one overall pick had been traded to Seattle in 2019 from Houston. Although the three-time pro bowler played 13 games last year for the Seahawks he was hampered by multiple injuries. This included hernia surgery late last season. Even with the injury history, there was seemingly a sweepstakes for the pass rusher.
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What Clowney Brings to Tennessee
Following a slow start to his career in which he only started 11 games in his first two seasons the versatile Clowney bounced back. He would make three straight pro bowls while in Houston. The two-time player of the week also notched his first interception in regular season play. This happened when he picked off rookie Kyler Murray for a pick-six last season.
His signing was amid of yesterday’s league wide finalization of every team’s 53-man roster. Clowney’s signing along with the activation of linebacker Vic Beasley give the Titans a much needed boost to their defensive. That defense was just a few pieces away from becoming a powerful force in the AFC South.
Furthermore while playing under Tennessee head coach Mike Vrabel (defensive coordinator at Houston) Clowney notched career highs in sacks, tackle for losses and quarterback hits in 2017.
Following the Clowney signing the Titans bolster a defense that ranked in the middle of the pack for sacks per game with 2.6. Tennessee’s defense was one of the least frequent blitzing teams. They only sent the house 24.6% of the time, one of the leagues lowest. Alternatively they had a hurry percentage of 10.7 which ranked in the upper echelon of the NFL.
Along with Clowney on the line the defense could improve their quarterback knockdowns. Tennessee had tied for dead last in knockdowns last season. With 27 KD’s they also had the worst knockdown percentage team in the league with 4.5%.
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