With training camp opening up on July 28th, Jadeveon Clowney (age 27) is still on the free agency wire waiting for a team to flip the bill and sign the 6 year vet. His desired 20 million dollar contract may be too much money for some NFL teams, but others would be more than happy to payout for the talented defensive end. Reports have surfaced over the last couple months that he may need to take less money from teams to get signed, and have next year be a prove it deal that could score him his big payday. Luckily for the Detroit Lions who have just over 29.5 million in cap space left this year, could afford to make a deal happen with the star edge-rusher. Here are a few reasons why Detroit should go after one of NFL’s most polarizing players. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JYx-_eXQa4
First off, the Lions fan-base has desperately wanted to see their team be division champs again, who haven’t done so since 1993. For a such a great fan-base, they deserve to see their team on top of the division more than once in the last 27 years. In order to do this, they must overcome the lack of a pass rush from last year, finishing dead last in the NFL with 28 sacks. Detroit really hasn’t had a play-maker on the defensive line since Ndamukong Suh, who has been missed since 2014. This is unacceptable for most franchises, especially with the talent on the other side of the field with QB Matthew Stafford and WR Kenny Golladay primed to have one of their best years yet. Clowney would give Detroit’s defense the ability to make big plays that would change the losing atmosphere in Detroit to a winning one. The link below shows you exactly why Clowney is the answer for Detroit to get their pass rush back on track. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsOaY1KoCPs
The Lions have allot of young and upcoming players who could complement well with Clowney and grow into one of the fiercest defensive lines in the league. Their starting defensive line would consist of Trey Flowers on the other side of Clowney with Da’Shawn Hand, and Danny Shelton clogging up the middle. This would allow Clowney to come off the edge and cause havoc against opposing offenses. Clowney’s presence could also be in a form of a mentor for Julian Okwara, the 3rd round draft pick this year who was drafted by the Lions to help with the much needed pass rush. Okwara could sit behind Clowney and learn from one of the best at his position, while still contributing with some fresh legs off the edge from time to time. If you look at the rest of the NFC North, these teams all have their big play-makers coming of the edge such as Danielle Hunter, Za’Darius Smith, and Khalil Mack. Detroit needs this play-making ability to be-able to compete for the division title this year. https://nfcnorthnews.com/2020/07/10/which-two-free-agents-best-fit-each-nfc-north-team/
With Clowney coming off the edge, you would see the benefits it could bring for the secondary for the Lions. Desmond Trufant and Jeff Okudah will not have it easy this year playing against quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. The Lions will need a stronger pass rush to get through talented opposing offensive lines, and disrupt the passing game. It’s time for the Lions to sign their guy to shake up the NFC North this year and give their fan-base some Lions pride.
Tell us how you feel the Lions could fix their pass rush this year? Do you think Jadeveon Clowney is a good fit for Detroit?
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