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Browns signing DE Jadeveon Clowney to 1-year, $8 million deal

The deal could go up to $10 million with incentives.

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It’s finally happening! According to multiple reports, the Cleveland Browns are signing DE Jadeveon Clowney to a 1-year deal worth $8 million. An additional $2 million in incentives could become available to Clowney.

The Browns have been after Clowney for years, and they finally got a deal done after proving they were a contender in 2020. Clowney met with Cleveland for the second time on Wednesday and passed his physical.

It’s hard to judge expectations for Clowney. We know the potential he has as a player, but injuries have hampered him and he only has 3 sacks over his past two seasons. Clowney will fill the void left by DE Olivier Vernon who came on strong the second half of 2020 before suffering an Achilles’ injury. Vernon is now a free agent.

Charles Robinson notes that with Clowney’s salary, the Browns might need to restructure or release DT Sheldon Richardson to make it work. Cleveland had some cap space available, but $8 million, plus the draft picks they’ll need to sign, probably puts them over the edge.

With the addition of Clowney, the Browns now incredibly have three former No. 1 overall picks on the team, along with QB Baker Mayfield and DE Myles Garrett.