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Jon Gruden infatuation behind Raiders’ Jadeveon Clowney interest


Add Sin City to the list of potential landing spots for former No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney.

According to Cecil Lammey of 1043 The Fan, the Las Vegas Raiders have extended an offer to the 27-year-old defensive end, noting that head coach Jon Gruden “really wants him,” and “would like to up the offer.”

Lammey added in spite of Gruden’s infatuation, owner Mark Davis and general manager Mike Mayock “are standing pat (for now).”

Cash will likely be the sticking point during negotiations, as Clowney is reportedly seeking a massive payday of $21 million per year, which would put him on par with former Raiders edge rusher, Khalil Mack.

Since Mack’s departure, Gruden has made some head-scratching comments about how “hard [it is] to find a great pass-rusher” as the team looks to fill that roster gap. The Pro Bowl lineman was traded after he and the team were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal ahead of the 2018 season. He signed a six-year, $141 million deal with the Bears after being dealt to Chicago.

Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney
Free agent defensive end Jadeveon ClowneyGetty Images

Since entering the league as the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Clowney has dealt with a slew of injuries, playing in all 16 games just once. Last season, the South Carolina product recorded three sacks, 21 tackles and four forced fumbles in 13 games for the Seahawks.

The freakishly athletic Clowney is currently recovering from core muscle and sports hernia surgery he underwent in February.

The Raiders are the latest entrants to the Clowney free-agency sweepstakes, which have included rejected offers from the Seahawks, Dolphins and Browns. In spite of a risky injury history and a spotty showing in 2019, he is widely regarded as the league’s top available free agent and has been discussed as a potential — albeit unlikely — target for both the Giants and Jets.

NFL insider Dov Kleiman reported on Monday that the Seahawks and the Titans are still in play.


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