Jadeveon Clowney is not a fit for the Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons are looking at ways to get better and adding free agent Jadeveon Clowney is not the answer.
When a big recognizable name is available at a position of need, fans of any team cannot help but wonder out loud about the possibility of adding that name to their roster. This becomes even more pronounced when it happens to be a former top pick in the draft.
However, Clowney is not the answer that the Atlanta Falcons are looking for or need.
Let’s start with the obvious. He is not as good as his name leads you to think. He is coming off a career-low year of just three sacks and he had just 13 QB hits. Clowney is still living off that play in college where he blew up Michigan running back Vincent Smith on a free hit in the 2013 Outback Bowl.
His NFL career has been a bust. In six NFL seasons, he has fewer sacks than Vic Beasley has had in five and his attitude and ego don’t match the production. The Falcons have a goal to get better along the defensive line, not worse and they also don’t need a guy that is going to disrupt the locker room and Clowney would do just that.
Jadeveon Clowney has had three Pro-Bowl seasons since he was drafted in 2014. Those also happen to be the only three years of his career in which he played and started at least 14 games. Why on earth would the Atlanta Falcons give several million a year (he is asking for $15-$20 million) to a player that cannot even stay healthy?
That would not make an ounce of sense and would set the Falcons back even further should they somehow find a way to clear cap space for him.
Money aside, when it is all said and done, Clowney and his 32 career sacks are simply not a fit for the Atlanta Falcons and what they are trying to achieve in 2020.