Browns re-working Olivier Vernon contract basically shuts door on signing Jadeveon Clowney

Olivier Vernon, #54, Cleveland Browns, (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images).
Olivier Vernon, #54, Cleveland Browns, (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images). /

The Cleveland Browns have re-worked Olivier Vernon’s contract

For Cleveland Browns fans out there hoping the organization would go out and sign Jadeveon Clowney this offseason, it just doesn’t look like things are going to go down the way you were hoping they would.

Why? On Tuesday morning, news broke the Browns have agreed to a re-negotiated contract with veteran defensive end Olivier Vernon. With Vernon for sure coming back to Cleveland in 2020, it essentially closes any kind of chance the team will also pay big bucks to bring in Clowney.

It’s looking extremely unlikely the Browns will still pursue Jadeveon Clowney with Olivier Vernon re-upped.

Rumors had swirled in recent weeks the Browns could consider cutting Vernon. If that were to happen, it’d open up the opportunity for general manager Andrew Berry to go out and sign Clowney, who somehow still remains a free agent.

However, with this re-worked deal, Vernon isn’t going anywhere this summer or fall and is locked in as the starting defensive end opposite of former No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett. Vernon is now entering his second campaign with the team.

The 6-foot-2, 282-pounder appeared in only 10 games last season, posting 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks. If he wants to get back on the good side of Browns fans, he’ll need to see those numbers skyrocket in 2020.

For Clowney, he’ll now have to wait to see which team will come calling next. Will it be the Seahawks, Eagles or a surprise squad? We can’t wait to find out.