Seattle have reportedly offered Clowney a contract at an estimate of $18 million in terms of AAV, though he is seeking closer to $20 million given recent contracts handed to the likes of DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead (via Gregg Bell of the News Tribune):
The Seahawks remain waiting for their top pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney to decide whether to accept their bid or some other team’s. The 27-year-old, three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher hasn’t gotten any offer he likes this week. He’s been seeking at least $20 million per season. Seattle is believed to be offering $18.5 million per year, per Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith, plus familiarity, a coach and a locker room he’s said he loves.
Clowney would seem to have as high upside as any defensive player on the market even though he has yet to post double-digit sacks in a single season.
He only just turned 27 years old and is coming off a year in which he recorded four forced fumbles and a pair of defensive touchdowns in just 13 games. Durability concerns are likely driving Clowney’s market down, but he also fought through injuries to post a pair of dominant performances during the playoffs.
The Seahawks also do not have the cap flexibility to offer Clowney much more than $18 million AAV, particularly if they want to make more additions to the front four. Seattle currently has just over $18 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap.
Can the Seahawks sell Clowney on culture and a familiar scheme, or will he receive a better offer?