The Cleveland Browns have once again landed their big free agent signing of the off season. The re-signing of Jadeveon Clowney comes as no surprise to many browns fans. In recent weeks many reports said it was a foregone conclusion Clowney would be returning. The only question was how many years and what would the money look like. Early reports are the deal is 1 year in length and worth up to 11 million dollars. Like last season the deal is heavily incentive based. Clowney has also reportedly turned down other teams offering a multi years on deals worth 14 million over those years.
Heading into the 2022 season the Cleveland Browns will be returning 9 of 11 starters from a season ago. That is a massive improvement from this time last year where the entire defense coming in was brand new. Defensive coordinator Joe Woods should not have a hard time getting the defense to buy in this season. Instead it will be building on last season and figuring out what fits best for this team and its players. At each level of the defense this signing helps running mate Myles Garrett, Linebackers such as 2nd year player JOK, and pro bowler Denzel Ward and all defensive backs. Linebackers and Defensive backs benefit greatly by not having to cover as long with the pressure he and Garrett will present.
Clowney impact for Myles Garrett
A season ago the pair combined for 25 sacks. That is second most in Cleveland Browns franchise history, the record is 26. During the 2021 season according to ESPN next gen stats Myles Garrett led the league in highest pass rush win rate at 27.8% and Clowney came in fourth at 24.2%. Needless to say they were dominant book ends that got pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
With this re-signing the potential for this defense is astronomical. With the possibility of being a top 3-5 defense in the league is huge. For the first time in a long while Jadeveon Clowney stayed relatively healthy. Playing 14 of 17 games and missing just one because of a legitimate injury. The potential and possibilities are endless. Now lets see if the 2022 Cleveland Browns can put it all together.