The team with the most remaining cap space in the NFL has been showing interest in perhaps the best player left on the free-agent market.
The Cleveland Browns have positioned themselves as a potential suitor for Jadeveon Clowney, who has lowered his asking price from more than $20 million per season to as low as $17 million, ESPN reported.
“Some people around (the) league believe Cleveland got closer with Clowney than other suitors, though nothing ultimately happened from recent talks,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted.
The Browns have more than $43 million in available cap space and would be able to create more if they cut former Giants edge rusher Olivier Vernon, who has one year left on his contract at a $15.5 million cap hit. Cleveland also has Myles Garrett, who was suspended for the final six games of last season for swinging a helmet at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, had three sacks, four forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns in 13 games in 2019, his first season with the Seattle Seahawks. He had totaled 24.5 sacks over the previous three seasons with the Texans.
The Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans also remain interested in Clowney. The Jets – with slightly less than $17 million in cap space, according to overthecap.com – are “highly unlikely” to pursue him, The Post’s Brian Costello reported last week.