Within the next 48 hours, we’ll know the Saints final 53-man roster, and they’re still trying to add one more surefire starter, Jadeveon Clowney.
No team has been able to come to an agreement with former No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney. He spent most of last year with the Seattle Seahawks and is now a late-free agency target of the Saints.
There have been rumors surrounding the Saints interesting in Clowney before, but nothing credible that’s said they’ll be on an “all-out blitz” for the defensive end. Clowney would lineup aside All-Pro Cameron Jordan.
The Saints do not need much help on the defensive line, but locking up a former three-time Pro Bowler is something every team will always want to do.
Clowney missed the game in his first appearance outside of Houston as he was dealt to the Seahawks to round out his rookie contract. Clowney has been major interest from across the league, but no team has seemingly wanted to pay him the $15 million per year he’s wanting.
He will be playing for under that or many, many analysts would be shocked. He’s a star, but his 2019 season has left him forced to bet on himself to show that he’s deserving of that big-time contract.
There’s no better place to get on national TV than New Orleans. After a 13-3 season, the Saints would enter the season as the most-talented team Clowney has ever been on. That said, while he’s that good, Clowney played in 13 games and started 11.
Playing in under 60% of the team’s snaps, Clowney wasn’t used to his full extend in Seattle. 2020 will be his time to show that he’s among the best in the league even without JJ Watt on the opposite side.
Instead, if he comes to the Big Easy, he’ll get another elite pass rusher, Cam Jordan.
The Saints did release guard Larry Warford earlier this offseason, saving around $8 million. They’ll need to work on a deal with Kamara, and it’d be another Mickey Loomis miracle to get them both done.
But, within the Saints camp, there should be faith it’s possible.