After a falling out with the Cleveland Browns towards the tail end of the 2022 season, Jadeveon Clowney finds himself still trying to find a team to play for next season. Clowney had a very solid first season with the Browns playing alongside Myles Garrett, however, things began to go downhill in his second year with the team.
Despite Clowney still remaining a free agent this deep into the offseason, there are still three solid landing spots for the former number-one overall pick.
The first team that could use Clowney on their roster is the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are in for a very long season with quarterback Kyler Murray set to miss around half of the season. With their offense likely being one of the worst in the league this season, their only hope is for their defensive unit to perform at an elite level.
This will be a very tall task as they were one of the weaker defenses in the league in 2022. With the team losing J.J. Watt to retirement over the offseason, the Cardinals have a huge hole in their roster and are in dire need of an edge rusher. While Clowney is not a long-term option to patch this hole, he would serve as a very solid band-aid until they can either draft or sign a cornerstone player at the position.
The Chicago Bears are a very promising team heading into the 2023 season. Justin Fields is poised to have a breakout season with the addition of D.J. Moore to the team. Along with this, they bulked up their offensive line in the draft.
While the offense is looking much better already on paper, Chicago did not make too many moves to help improve their defensive unit. While they did draft three defensive tackles in the draft, it would be a lot to ask for a rookie to transition to an edge rusher. Clowney could serve as a starting defensive end for the Bears for a season or two and also mentor the younger players to make their transition to the defensive end smoother.
The final team that could take a flier on Clowney is the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens already made some huge moves to improve their offense over the offseason, however, adding Clowney to the team would allow them to better round out their team.
Along with this, if the Ravens do sign the former first-overall pick, he would get the chance to play against his former team, the Cleveland Browns, twice a year. With the AFC North set to be a very tight divisional race this season, Baltimore will need every win that they can get against their divisional opponents. Having Clowney on their roster next season would likely guarantee two elite performances against the Browns.
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