The former South Carolina Gamecocks standout, DE, made one thing clear during his free agency he wants to play for a winner. Clowney received lucrative contract offers from the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns since the start of free agency in March. However, he has refused both offers from those teams.
Several rumors have the New Orleans Saints linked to Clowney. A one-year contract would bode well for both sides in 2020. For Clowney, it serves as an opportunity to increase his free-agent value and chase a Super Bowl ring. For New Orleans, this will create a dynamic duo on the edge positions. The pairing of Clowney with Cameron Jordan would give the Saints another star player in their Super Bowl or Bust” season.
New Orleans has not had two defensive players to record 10+ sacks in the same season since 2013. DE Cameron Jordan and Junior Galette headed one of the top defenses in the league, recording 12+ sacks. Jordan claimed a career-high 15.5 sacks in 2019, 11.5 more than the next closest Saint.
Clowney, 27, attended the University of South Carolina, earning All-American honors twice. The Rock Hill, South Carolina native, recorded 13 sacks in his sophomore season at South Carolina. The SEC named him the Defensive Player of the Year at the end of the season. Following his junior year, Clowney forwent his senior year and entered the NFL Draft. The Houston Texans selected Clowney with the first pick of the 2014 Draft.