Seahawks may have just shut the door on re-signing Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leiter/Getty Images
Jadeveon Clowney, Seattle Seahawks. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leiter/Getty Images /

The Seattle Seahawks made a transaction that essentially rules out the team re-signing Jadeveon Clowney.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney banked on himself earning a lucrative contract for a team, but that’s yet to suffice a full four months on the open market. With each passing day, it appeared more and more likely that Clowney could eventually return to the Seattle Seahawks.

If the Jamal Adams trade wasn’t convincing enough of the team moving on from the former first overall pick, they essentially solidified it by re-signing defensive end Branden Jackson to a one-year, team-friendly deal on Monday. The team released him over a week ago, but have now inked him to a new contract.

Seahawks fans, you can rule out Clowney coming back to Seattle for another run.

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Jackson has been with the team the past three seasons, where 41 tackles, seven quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks in 36 games (four starts).

As mentioned earlier, the Seahawks made the big splash move of acquiring Adams from the New York Jets in exchange for two first-round picks, a third-rounder and safety Bradley McDougald. You can’t forget that Adams had been asking for a contract extension with the Jets, so that’s in Seattle’s future, possibly as early as next offseason. Given that he’ll want a deal that surpasses Eddie Jackson‘s contract with the Chicago Bears, general manager John Schneider simply can’t meet Clowney’s lucrative demands.

Clowney walked into free agency with the hopes of being the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Yet, his stats last season don’t warrant such a deal. In 13 games, Clowney tallied just 31 tackles, three sacks and 30 quarterback pressures, per Pro Football Reference. Those numbers don’t compare to the likes of Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns and Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers, who both earned $100 million contracts in recent weeks.

Recently, there was buzz that the Jets would make a run at Clowney, with help from McDougald. But, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported this past Friday that the Jets have “no interest” in the pass rusher. However, the Tennessee Titans general manager Jon Robinson said in mid-July that the team is “still monitoring” Clowney.

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It’s clear that Clowney won’t sign with a team unless he receives the right deal. Based off the Jackson signing, Clowney shouldn’t expect the Seahawks to fax over an offer.