Jadeveon Clowney would not have been a part of the Saints organization even if the sign-and-trade was approved by the NFL.
This Labor Day weekend, for New Orleans Saints fans, was dominated by Jadeveon Clowney headlines.
The team send coaches to have dinner with Clowney in Houston and were doing all they could to bring in the star defensive end. He was getting the royal treatment as New Orleans worked every angle to clear cap space.
At the end of the day, they couldn’t clear the cap space necessary to entice the three-time Pro Bowler enough. At the end of the day, that could be a good thing as they’ll at least have some cap space this season in case of injury or trade.
Clowney, Saturday evening, signed with the Titans. The deal has a max value of $15 million with about $3 million in incentives. The Titans exceeded their expectations a season ago, but it’d be shocking to see them in the conference championship for the 2020 season.
That said, the Saints could get above the eight-figure hump, but they could quite get to $15 million without using another team to take on some of that money. The team thought to be in the mix to complete the sign-and-trade was the Cleveland Browns.
However, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Floro, it would’ve been the Ravens, not the Saints, that would’ve benefitted from the league approving this type of deal. The league did not approve the deal, leaving Clowney’s best option as Tennessee.
“Per multiple sources, if the league had given the green light to the sign-and-trade concept, Clowney would have ended up not with the Saints but with the Baltimore Ravens,” Florio wrote.
Florio continues by saying the Browns would’ve been the team the Saints partnered with while the Ravens would’ve chosen Jacksonville. Both teams were looking in different directions, but the concept of the trade was the same.
It was shot down, and Clowney is in Tennessee. Let’s hope this is the last of the saddening drama.