Jadeveon Clowney’s price should lower as EDGE remains the deepest position in free agency.
Jadeveon Clowney has yet to sign with an NFL team. As we move closer to training camp, it seems inevitable that out of nowhere Clowney will have signed somewhere. It might be for much less than his supposed asking price of $17-18 million, though. Edge remains the deepest position in free agency, and that might force Clowney’s price to come down a bit to get signed.
Edge rusher remains the deepest position in terms of available free agents, including:
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) July 2, 2020
The list of free agent edge rushers remaining is surprising, and not surprising at the same time. With so much talent left at the position, why would anyone rush to overpay a player? None of the players after Jadeveon Clowney have the potential to completely wreck a game like he does, but they’re still valuable pass rushers.
Who will sign first?
It’s probably pretty spot on to think that Clowney will be the first to go off this list, but he will still pay the price of such a deep free agent class. I would say that Jadeveon Clowney’s price might have to fall as far as $12 million before he will be signed by a team. At that point, the Tennessee Titans should jump all over the opportunity to sign Clowney to a deal.
After Clowney signs, be ready, I would expect that to spark a domino effect through the rest of the list. Guys will begin to sign deals quickly in the coming days and weeks after.
Titans best option besides Clowney
If the Titans don’t spend their remaining cap space on Clowney, they should act fast and get the next best player on the list, Everson Griffen.
After Griffen, the talent level drops off a bit more, but Markus Golden and Clay Matthews aren’t bad options for teams that want to improve their pass rush.
What should Jadeveon Clowney do?
Jadeveon Clowney could try to play the waiting game. He could let all the other edge rushers sign elsewhere. Then, hope that there is still a team that needs help on the edge. That is a risky game for Clowney to play, though. If he waits and no one bites, he could easily be a free agent when the NFL regular season starts up.
The best bet for Clowney is to get as much as he can get now, and sign with a contender. Then, after he wins a Super Bowl next season, he can make big money in the 2021 offseason.