With the Super Bowl quickly approaching, 28 franchises are already looking ahead to the offseason. There is plenty of talent available in the 2021 NFL free agency, as well as the NFL draft. We should be seeing a lot of new faces for each team.
As for Jadeveon Clowney, he will likely receive plenty of interest, even after putting up a lackluster year for the Tennessee Titans. With just 19 total tackles, one forced fumble, and zero sacks, Clowney’s value may have dropped. However, his presence on the field should still garner him a decent-sized contract.
I know, Clowney has been injury-prone that last couple of years now, and doesn’t seem to finish through to get the sack. However, he’s still remarkable in quarterback pressures, and opposing offenses have to double-team him. Clowney can still provide some excellent play wherever he signs.
Considering this year was a blunder of a season for him, the Titans are likely moving on without Clowney. They’ll be looking elsewhere to find an edge rusher, which means Clowney should be in a new home next year.
Three organizations stand out as possible favorites to land the former Gamecock. With an odd cap situation for every team, these franchises may be able to sign Clowney at a discounted price. Here are three potential destinations for Jadeveon Clowney in the 2021 NFL free agency.
2021 NFL Free Agency: Most Likely Jadeveon Clowney Destinations
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders are at the top of the list as Jon Gruden will be looking to improve the defense. The Raiders had one of the worst defenses this year, finishing 26th in pass yards allowed (4,212), and 24th in rush yards allowed (2,013). They also allowed 52 total touchdowns this year, meaning opposing offenses torched the Raiders all season.
Las Vegas will be in search of pass rushers, making Clowney a great sign for the Raiders in the 2021 NFL free agency. Maxx Crosby has been a solid defensive end, however, he’s still developing in this league. Bringing in Clowney to put on the opposite side should vastly improve the Raiders’ front seven.
Furthermore, bringing in Clowney eases some pressure in the NFL draft. Between Clowney, Williams, and Raekwon McMillan in the linebacker position, the front office could aim to draft some help in the secondary with their first pick.
The only thing preventing the Raiders from signing Clowney is their current cap situation. Right now, Las Vegas is projected to be over the cap by $7.1 million. To sign Clowney in the 2021 NFL free agency, the front office will have to make some roster cuts to free up some space. It’s not impossible, and Clowney could excel in the Raiders’ defensive scheme.
After a spectacular season, the Cleveland Browns enter the offseason with all of the momentum in the world. They have plenty of cap space (projected $26.5 million), and a solid roster that’s ready to make another deep run in the playoffs.
Cleveland may be one of the busier teams this offseason, as they’ll aim to reload for next year. The 2021 NFL free agency is detrimental to this franchise’s future success, and Clowney could really help put this defense over the top.
The Browns already have a great defense. Myles Garrett is one of the best defensive players in the league, and the Cleveland ranked 17th in total yards allowed (5,735). They were a top 10 rush defense but had a hard time stopping the pass. Adding Jadeveon Clowney in the 2021 NFL free agency should provide the Browns with an unstoppable pass rush.
I mean, could you imagine Clowney and Garrett going after the QB together? Both guys have to be double-teamed, which would cause a major mismatch every time their opponents drop back to pass. Don’t be shocked if the Browns make a push for Clowney during the 2021 NFL free agency.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Heading to the Super Bowl, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t quite ready for the 2021 NFL free agency just yet. However, once the offseason officially starts, the Bucs should be looking to restock and reload for another Super Bowl run.
The Buccaneers already have plenty of talent, but they’ll be looking for additional help to make a run again. Luckily for this front office, they have a potential $31.7 million in cap space this offseason. Tampa Bay should be making a splash in the 2021 NFL free agency.
Already having a stellar defense, Clowney would be a luxury acquisition for this squad. From Lavonte David, Antoine Winfield Jr., and Jason Pierre-Paul, this team should be making some noise next season. Clowney’s presence would only enhance an already impressive front seven.
I like the chances Clowney winds up in Tampa Bay. They’re obviously a contender, have the cap space available, and Clowney would be allowed to focus on rushing the QB. Not to mention, the Bucs offense will still be loaded with Tom Brady, Mike Evans, and Ronald Jones. This may be the perfect place for Clowney to resurrect his career.
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