Jadeveon Clowney is looking to be traded after failing to reach a long-term deal with the Texans. Which teams could trade for the pass rusher? Here are 5 potential landing spots for Jadeveon Clowney.
1. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins rank highest on this list because they have shown to be the most eager in acquiring Clowney. Coach Flores and the front office for Miami appear to be on the same page in terms of acquiring the five-year veteran.
This is not one of Clowney’s preferred destinations, but ultimately the willingness to give up assets for him could land him in Miami. The Dolphins have a talent-depleted roster and could use a franchise-player. Miami does need to rebuild though and could be reluctant to give up draft picks at this point to get Clowney, when they could need a franchise quarterback in the near future if Josh Rosen doesn’t pan out.
2. Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia is one of Clowney’s reported favorites to be traded to and it could be a good fit. The Eagles are looking to make it back to the Super Bowl and have some cap space to spare, although minor details will likely have to be figured out.
Chris Long and Michael Bennett are no longer with the team so the Eagles could use some more pass rushers. They do have Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham, but neither of those players had more than four sacks. Clowney would make this team a more legitimate title contender.
3. Seattle Seahawks
The other of Clowney’s reported preferred destinations is Seattle, which could also be a good fit. Seattle hasn’t had the same defense that they had a few years ago and if Clowney wants to play for them, it could really elevate their defense.
Seattle desperately needs pass rushers. Their current unit consists of L.J. Collier, Cassius Marsh, Ziggy Ansah and Quinton Jefferson. Collier is a rookie, Marsh and Jefferson are largely unproven and Ansah is recovering from an injury. Clowney would fill an area of need and the Seahawks have the cap room to make something work.
4. Baltimore Ravens
While they haven’t yet been rumored to enter the Clowney-sweepstakes, the Ravens could really benefit from having him on the roster. They do have less cap room to work with than other teams on this list, but should be able to figure it out if a trade presents itself.
Terrell Suggs joined the Cardinals, while Zadarius Smith joined the Green Bay Packers in free agency. The Ravens didn’t adequately replace them in either the NFL Draft or free agency. Baltimore has a solid team that is capable of making the playoffs, but it would be much easier if they get Clowney, who can add another element to their defense.
5. Oakland Raiders
The Raiders learned their lesson after trading away Khalil Mack, as Jon Gruden mentioned several times he needed to find a pass rusher. Clowney could be their guy and getting him a year before the team moves to Las Vegas could be appealing to both sides. If Gruden wants Clowney, the Raiders have the cap space to figure things out.
Clelin Ferrell and Arden Key are some young pass rushers who look like they have some potential, but other than that the Raiders are extremely thin at the position. They may not be in position to compete right now, but as a result of the Mack trade, they do have some draft capital to build their team and possible to trade for a star player like Clowney.