New Orleans Saints: Could Jadeveon Clowney take less money to join a contender?
With free agent Jadeveon Clowney still trying to find a new team in 2020, could the New Orleans Saints find a way to snag him for a Super Bowl run?
The New Orleans Saints have entered the part of the offseason where player signings don’t happen as often as they did in the middle of March.
But if a team hasn’t already signed their draft picks to rookie deals, it could also eye some free agents still available on the market. One of them is defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who wants to join a contender at least for this upcoming season.
The Saints fit the bill for a contender, but would they be able to have Clowney under its salary cap? A rumor circulating on Twitter is that Clowney and the Saints are reportedly talking about a one-year contract.
On Over the Cap, New Orleans has just over $9.1 million in cap room, not counting the recent free-agent pickups of role players in linebacker Anthony Chickillo and running back Ty Montgomery.
Clowney became a member of the Seattle Seahawks after a trade with the Houston Texans, and posted three sacks, an interception and recovered two fumbles, while making the Pro Bowl as an alternate.
If both sides do what the rumors say, Clowney would swallow some pride and take a cheaper deal to join New Orleans for 2020.
The best-case scenario would obviously be a Super Bowl LV ring and Clowney entering free agency again in 2021 with a chance to bank on a much larger deal.
It was difficult for Loomis to sign a valuable No. 2 wideout, but he did with getting wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for about $8 million per season.
Even if Clowney decides to sign with the Saints for a one-year contract worth around hypothetically $10 million or so, Loomis could shuffle some money around to fit him under the salary cap and make the team’s defense extremely lethal.
One could hope this rumor is true and the Saints acquire a three-time Pro Bowl defensive end and place him on a team ready to go for an all-in championship run.