Free agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, it was announced Wednesday.
The deal is worth up to $ 10 million, a source tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Clowney will have a chance to thrive playing against former former No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett.
“We are delighted to add Jadeveon to our defensive line,” Brown coach Kevin Stefanski said in a statement. He is a disruptive force that helps us towards the race and the pass. We have been able to make some great additions to our defense throughout the Free Agency and we look forward to getting to work so we can improve our team. “
The 28-year-old Clowney visited the Browns last month, sources told ESPN, but left Cleveland without an appointment. General manager Andrew Berry also persecuted him hard last season for mating with Garrett, but the three-time Pro Bowler reportedly rejected Cleveland̵
Clowney battled Tennessee in 2020, finishing with 19 tackles and zero sacks in eight games before suffering a season-ending knee injury in November. He underwent surgery in December and is expected to be in full health at the start of the 2021 season.
Over the past three seasons, Clowney has ranked fifth in the NFL with a pass-rush win of 25%, according to ESPN Stats & Info. During this span, Garrett ranks third with 26%.
“We love his relentless playing style,” Berry said in a statement. “He’s one of the more disruptive players in the game and we think he will add an element of robustness along our defensive line and will pair well with many of the guys we already have on the list. “Another thing we love about Jadeveon is his versatility, his ability to play anywhere and influence the game regardless of his lineup.”
Cleveland already stepped up its pass-rush in free agency last month and signed Thank You McKinley for a one-year deal. McKinley struggled with injuries last season, but ranked seventh in the pass-rush winner in 2018, one place behind Clowney and four behind Garrett that season.
Nr. 1 overall pick of the Houston Texans in 2014, Clowney can play any position along the defensive front, making him valuable for teams that want flat versatility. He is a disruptive player as an inside pass-rusher or comes off the edge.
Clowney has 255 tackles (75 for a loss), 86 quarterback hits and 32 sacks in his seven seasons. During his career, he has dealt with various knee injuries in addition to groin, elbow, back and Lisfranc injuries.
The Browns now have three of the last seven No. 1 overall draft picks on their list, including quarterback Baker Mayfield.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter and Turron Davenport contributed to this report.