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4 Teams That Absolutely Need to Take Advantage of Likely Jadeveon Clowney Trade

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 05:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass under pressure by Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans in the third quarter during the Wild Card Round at NRG Stadium on January 5, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Jadeveon Clowney's status with the Houston Texans is up in the air, and all signs point to an eventual trade. The two parties are too far apart on a new deal, and there are plenty of suitors who love to bring him in. But of all the teams in the league that could trade for him, these four stand out as the most natural contenders.

4. Atlanta Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 02:  Vic Beasley #44 of the Atlanta Falcons scoops up a fumble by Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens and returns it for a touchdown in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Baltimore Ravens v Atlanta Falcons | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Falcons defense has plenty of talent, but they've either under-performed or been too injured for it to show through. An exciting addition like Clowney could help take pressure off of guys like Vic Beasley and open up a plethora of opportunities to terrorize opposing quarterbacks in the upcoming season.

3. Philadelphia Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 21: Running back Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball after a catch and is tackled by defensive tackle Fletcher Cox #91 of the Philadelphia Eagles  during the third quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on October 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.   The Carolina Panthers won 21-17. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers v Philadelphia Eagles | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Doug Pederson's D is already a fairly stout group, but they could certainly shore things up on the edge. Clowney would help offset the loss of Michael Bennett from this offseason. He'd also be a large improvement over 23-year-old Derek Barnett, and his overall versatility could make for a downright terrifying pass-rushing attack in Philly.

2. New York Jets

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 15: A New York Jets helmet sits on an equipment case during the second half of an NFL preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
New York Jets v Atlanta Falcons | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Jets already made big-splash moves ahead of the 2019 season by signing Le'Veon Bell and CJ Mosley to massive deals, but adding Clowney to the mix could help make them potential playoff contenders again. They managed just 39 sacks as a team on defense last year, and adding him to the ranks could help offset any problems that may arise from their unproven group of defensive backs.

1. Indianapolis Colts

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - NOVEMBER 18: The Indianapolis Colts celebrate after a touchdown in the game against the Tennessee Titans in the third quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Tennessee Titans v Indianapolis Colts | Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

The Colts still have an absurd amount of money in cap space to accommodate Clowney, and they have a star power vacuum in the wake of Andrew Luck's retirement. A trade for the standout defensive monster could help appease the contingent of the fanbase upset that they lost their franchise star while also giving them production on a defensive unit that ranked 27th in quarterback hits last season. It would be tough to swing an in-division trade, but such a deal would do wonders for the Colts.