Are We Learning How The NFL Views Jadeveon Clowney?

Payne and Pendergast
March 24, 2020 - 11:57 am

(SportsRadio 610) -- The Dolphins at one point discussed a deal averaging $17 million a year for free agent Jadeveon Clowney, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reported. Clowney didn't accept, so the Dolphins moved on with Shaq Lawson.

Clowney is reportedly aiming for a $20 million average, but could wind up signing for less on shorter deal.

We discussed on the show Tuesday morning what to learn from how the NFL views Clowney.

Former NFL defensive lineman Seth Payne said Tuesday morning that Clowney's injury history is likely impacting his free agency.

"I think a lot of teams are looking at Clowney almost like he's a 32-year-old defensive lineman," Payne said. "The same way that Gerald McCoy signs a three-year deal, or the same way any other guy in his early-30s or mid-30s isn't going to get a long term deal, I think that's how teams are thinking of Clowney and it's probably a little bit of a shock to his system. And that's why he's out there."

If the league views Clowney this way, it seems hard to imagine how Clowney can ever be convincing enough to command the pay day he was looking for before he was traded from Houston.

Listen to the full segment here: