As things currently stand, there's no more desirable free agent in the NFL than superstar defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. However, every report that emerges indicates he's nowhere closer to his targeted salary, with his future destination still firmly up in the air.
On Monday, a report surfaced stating the Miami Dolphins offered him a deal worth $17 million per year, which he ended up turning down, still aiming for $20 million annually (but not approaching it thus far). What? While some were shocked by this, you'd better believe John Schneider and Pete Carroll are pumped in Seattle.
The Seahawks no doubt want Clowney back in the 206 next season, and him turning down other teams only helps them the longer his free agency goes on. At the same time, Seattle will need to step up their offer if they want to retain the South Carolina product's services.
Per a report, Seattle's original offer to Clowney was at $13 million a year, which was beyond laughable. With Clowney's market shrinking, now could be the ripe time for the Hawks to step in and make him a proposal that will show him how desired he is, while also not breaking the bank. Perhaps something in the $16-$18 million range?
With the Dolphins out of the picture and the Hawks continuing to add strong pieces to the defense, playing for Seattle feels like more and more of a choice option. Adding Clowney to the mix will only bring more anxiety to opposing teams. Let's see if Schneider can get something done.