As things remain quiet with Jadeveon Clowney, the Seahawks appear to be making contingency plans in case Clowney decides to leave in free agency. The Seahawks have been linked to Ravens pass rusher Matt Judon, per Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith. The Seahawks would have to trade for Judon since the Ravens placed the franchise tag on the edge rusher earlier this offseason.
“I’m hearing #Seahawks have inquired about availability of Ravens EDGE defender Matt Judon, who received franchise tag. No deal imminent at this time. Baltimore only has a few million in cap space after landing Calais Campbell/Michael Brockers, team is open to moving him,” Smith reported on Twitter.
Judon is coming off a Pro Bowl season with 9.5 sacks and 54 tackles in 2019. Judon would be one of the premier pass rushers on the free-agent market if the Ravens had not tagged him. The pass rusher has had seven or more sacks in three straight seasons. Regardless of whether the Seahawks re-sign Clowney, the Seahawks have made it clear they intend to improve the pass rush.
“It was hard to figure out,” Seahawks GM John Schneider noted, per Seahawks.com. “You know, we were moving the quarterback, we just weren’t necessarily—the sack numbers just weren’t there. You know, some people, some analytics people, would say sacks end drives, so sacks are important. And then some analytics guys would say, as long as you are moving the quarterback you are fine. But, we just have to play better on defense. And obviously it starts up front. There wasn’t one or two things. It was kind of like, a bunch of things.”
Jadeveon Clowney May Not Make a Decision for a Few Days
Clowney does not appear to be in a hurry to sign a contract. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that Clowney may take a few more days to reach a decision.
“Source says answer on Jadeveon Clowney’s future could still take ‘some time, days maybe.’ Obviously it remains fluid though,” Anderson reported on Twitter.
The Seahawks Re-Signed Jarran Reed on the 1st Day of NFL Free Agency
The Seahawks have been mostly quiet at the start of NFL free agency as several NFC West rivals made major moves. Seattle appears focused on re-signing their own free agents and reached a deal with defensive tackle Jarran Reed. Heading into free agency, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that the Seahawks were working to re-sign both Clowney and Reed.
“Seahawks are making attempts to keep two big defensive pieces, DE Jadeveon Clowney and DT Jarran Reed, per sources. Both very well might end up testing free agency, but Seattle staying involved,” Fowler tweeted.
It will be interesting to see if the Seahawks are hoping to make a major trade like the one for Judon while also re-signing Clowney. The Seahawks would likely have to send salary back to the Ravens to make both things happen, which is an unlikely option given the Ravens’ payroll is tight after trading for Calais Campbell.