The Las Vegas Raiders reportedly have made an offer to Jadeveon Clowney in 2020 NFL free agency as head coach Jon Gruden ‘really wants’ him now.
According to Cecil Lammey of Football Guys, there is reportedly some disagreement between Gruden and the Raiders surrounding how much to offer.
“Team sources tell me Raiders have extended an offer to Jadeveon Clowney. Two or three other teams have better offers. Jon Gruden really wants him but [Mark] Davis and [Mike] Mayock are standing pat (for now). Gruden would like to up the offer. Interesting for Broncos if [Clowney] winds up in the AFC West,” Lammey said.
It makes sense as to why Gruden wants Clowney as the Raiders recorded just 32 sacks as a team during the 2019 NFL season, the fifth-worst mark in the league.
Gruden would be able to pair Clowney with Maxx Crosby, who accounted for 10 of the team’s 32 sacks last season and is preparing for a breakout season now.
Fortunately for Gruden, teams continue to back out of the Clowney sweepstakes.
According to Vincent Bonsignore of Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Cleveland Browns reportedly should no longer be an issue for the Raiders at this time.
“With the Browns potentially ending their Jadeveon Clowney run [and] re-working Olivier Vernon’s contract, Raiders could be in position to swoop in on Clowney.”
Adding Clowney would immediately inject life into a defense that recorded just 849 tackles last season, which was the fourth-lowest total in the entire league.
For all intents and purposes, the Raiders defense last season was simply not good as seen by the fact they allowed the seventh-most points per game (24.9).
While Clowney has yet to record a double-digit sack season, he has managed to eclipse 40 tackles in four of his six seasons and brings an unmatched ferocity.
As the 2020 season continues to draw closer, the Raiders should look to ink Clowney sooner rather than later for their inaugural season in Las Vegas.