Jadeveon Clowney may be willing to stick around in Tennessee, but the Titans shouldn’t be willing to let him.
Clowney, who spent 2020 with the Titans on a one-year deal, has an interest in playing with the Titans again in 2021, according to a report by Terry McCormick of Titan Insider.
However, the Titans need to let Clowney find another team even if they’re able to afford his asking price.
— Terry McCormick (@terrymc13) February 4, 2021
Clowney’s 2020 season was, to put it bluntly, a complete dud.
The 27-year-old outside linebacker played in just eight games before he had knee surgery and the Titans placed him on injured reserve.
While it’s unfair to judge a player when they get hurt, it is more than fair to say that Clowney’s lone season in Tennessee just wasn’t very good for reasons unrelated to health.
Before Clowney got hurt, he just wasn’t very good.
In the eight games he did play, Clowney registered zero sacks. None. Zilch.
He added just four tackles for loss to that total. For that impact, or lack thereof, the Titans paid a whopping $13 million.
Everyone knew when the Titans signed Clowney that he wasn’t going to get a ton of sacks—he’s not that type of player and never has been. What was disappointing, though, is his lack of impact in other areas of the game.
Billed as a “disruptor” who would make life miserable for offenses, Clowney provided very little disruption. He was often invisible, and it was easy to forget that he was on the team.
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Even if they’re able to get him at a cheaper rate than the $13 million he commanded in 2020, which would likely be easily possible considering his lack of production and health concerns, the Titans need to go in another direction from Clowney.
The Titans’ pass rush was one of the league’s worst in 2020, and the team needs to focus on adding players who can actually get after the quarterback. Clowney’s highest single-season sack total is just 9.5, and it’s fair to wonder if he’ll ever be able to match it.
There are plenty of talented outside linebackers heading to the 2021 free-agent market who are more prone to getting sacks and affecting the passing game, like Ryan Kerrigan and Shaq Barrett.
Instead of running it back with Clowney, the Titans would do well to use their salary cap space on one of those players.
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