A photo of the Seattle Seahawks‘ rumored contract offer to Jadeveon Clowney has been circulating across social media. The photo has not been confirmed, but Pick 6 retweeted it and noted the offer aligned with the numbers the site had been reporting.
Here is a look at the photo of the rumored contract:
The photo shows a two-year, $27 million contract offer starting with a $10.7 million salary for next season. The document shows Clowney’s salary for 2021 would bump up to $16.25 million. This also includes an $11.5 million signing bonus and gives incentive bonuses starting with six or more sacks. Pick 6 previously reported that the Seahawks’ offer was in the $13 million to $14 million range, much lower than initially reported.
“A source close to the situation tells me the #Seahawks offer to Jadeveon Clowney was in fact for $13 Million, not the $18.5 Million reported earlier. Teams offering right around $13-14 Mill,” Pick 6 tweeted on March 20.
The photo of the rumored contract above represents a two-year deal. If the contract offer is legit, it is clearly lower than the $20 million salary Clowney was reportedly seeking heading into free agency.
Seahawks Were Reportedly Given a “Slim to None” Chance to Re-Sign Clowney
The viral photo comes after NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo told Seattle 950 KJR that the Seahawks had a “slim to none” chance of re-signing Clowney. Garafolo added that the Seahawks are no longer “actively chasing Clowney.”
“I don’t know if he’s going to be back in Seattle,” Garafolo told KJR. “The chances are slim to none.” KJR tweeted, “Seahawks potentially moving on to plan B, C & D. The Seahawks aren’t actively chasing Clowney right now. But who knows, never say never.”
Sports Illustrated’s Corbin Smith reported that the Seahawks’ offer to Clowney was $18.5 million annually, likely for a long-term deal. The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta reported that some NFL insiders believe the Seahawks’ offer is much lower, in the $13 to $15 million range.
One Seahawks Insider Believes the Seahawks Gave Clowney a “Take It or Leave It” Offer
Prior to Garafolo’s report, ESPN 710 Seattle’s Dave Wyman told The Seattle Times he believed the Seahawks were moving on from Clowney after they signed Benson Mayowa. Wyman described the Seahawks’ offer to Clowney as more of a “take it or leave it type of deal.”
“I think that might be an indication that they are not able to get him,” Wyman told the Seattle Times of the Seahawks’ signing of Mayowa. According to the Times, “That’s in keeping with what has been the Seahawks’ stance in recent years of setting a value on a player and then not wavering from it.”
Heading into the offseason, Clowney praised the Seahawks and indicated that he wanted to return to Seattle. As free agency progressed, it is clear that Clowney is not pleased with the Seahawks’ offer and could be leaving the Pacific Northwest. It will be worth watching whether Clowney has completely shut the door on a return to the Seahawks.