Updated: Jun 21, 2021
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A lot has been made out of edge rusher Jadevon Clowney signing with the Browns today on a one-year, $10 million deal, as he'll now be paired with All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett. However, Clowney has just three sacks in his last 21 games and had no sacks last year with the Titans.
Clowney is just 28 years old and a three-time Pro Bowler, but I think the signing is being overhyped. He could give the Browns' pass rush a boost, but I don't think he'll be an impact player like some believe.
The Browns will be much better at the safety position this year with signing John Johnson III in free agency and they'll be getting Grant Delpit back after he was out for the season last year with an Achilles' tendon injury. I'll give them that, but I just don't see Clowney being that much of an upgrade. I mean, he had no sacks last year in eight games. The year before he had just three sacks in 11 games.
An article was posted on 93.7 The Fan today that the Browns signing Clowney is absolutely crushing for the Steelers and that the gap between them just keeps widening. The Browns very well could have a much better record than the Steelers in 2021, but it won't be because of the addition of Clowney. He's not a guy that will give you double-digit sacks. In fact, he's never had double-digit sacks in a season in his career. The most that he's recorded in a season is 9.5 sacks, and he has just 32 sacks in seven seasons. To put that in perspective, T.J. Watt has 49.5 career sacks in just four years with the Steelers.