As reported on Monday, the Cleveland Browns and pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney are progressing in contract talks ahead of the 2021 season. Per multiple reports, the two sides are optimistic a deal will be completed shortly.
Clowney, 28, visited the Browns last month as one of multiple free agent visits. However, he left without a deal back then. The first overall selection from the 2014 NFL Draft is scheduled to meet with the team today.
For those who remember, the Browns attempted to pursue Clowney as a free agent last year. He ultimately rejected Cleveland’s multi-year contract offer and instead accepted a one-year, $13 million deal with the Tennessee Titans.
There was clear regression in Clowney’s play last season. He finished with 19 tackles and no sacks through eight games before a season-ending knee injury occurred in November. Clowney received surgery the following month, but he is expected to be healthy ahead of the upcoming season.
Clowney has previously spent time with the Houston Texans, Seattle Seahawks, and Titans. By signing with the Browns, he would join All-Pro Myles Garrett and Takkarist McKinley on the defensive front. To this point, Clowney is responsible for 255 tackles (75 for a loss), 86 quarterback hits and 32 sacks in seven seasons.