Making it to the AFC Championship Game back in January, the Tennessee Titans fell short against the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. With Coach Vrabel at the helm in Nashville, they needed to add a key component to their defense.
They certainly did that with the signing of Jadeveon Clowney. When on his A-game, he’s a defensive freak of nature. For the Titans and Coach Vrabel, this was simply a tremendous acquisition.
Clowney will not only make an immediate impact with quarterback pressure and savvy run-stopping ability, he’ll help deflect the blow left behind with Tennessee losing DL Jurrell Casey in the offseason to the Denver Broncos.
Sometimes questioned for his work ethic and hampered with injuries throughout his NFL career, Clowney was still worth the risk and the wait.
He’s a super-stud who can completely change opposing NFL teams’ offensive schemes.
Jadeveon Clowney with the Seattle Seahawks a season ago; here’s a video of his gorgeous pick-six against the Arizona Cardinals.
With his durability concerns and the potential lack of effort issues that come with signing Clowney, the Titans are still getting a dynamic playmaker.
That being said, Jadeveon Clowney won the day with this signing. It’s difficult to get a one-year, $12 million contract (up to $15 million max value) when these issues have followed you around . It’s safe to say that he won the day.
It came down to familiarity over economics… Packing now to head there in morning.
I’d say the economics worked out in your favor as well, Mr. Jadeveon Clowney.
Via a Zoom call earlier in the summer, Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson told reporters :
I know he wants to play… I think we would be a pretty good fit for him. There was some mutual interest there when we started the discussions, but I would say that really hasn’t grown legs since we spoke last.
Well, those legs that Robinson was referring to are full-grown now.
If you haven’t seen this highlight from Jadeveon Clowney’s playing days at the University of South Carolina, you should. This is why he’s worth the money as well as the wait.
This hit on a defenseless Michigan Wolverines’ running back in the 2013 Outback Bowl still makes me cringe. Buckle your chin strap, my friend—goodness, gracious.
Jadeveon Clowney is a wrecking ball leaving helmet-less players in his wake.
As a pro in the NFL, Clowney ranks fourth in tackles for loss and tackles for no gain (65) since entering the league in 2014. I’d say that number resonated with the Titans in regards to making their decision to sign him. The services he’ll provide for the Titans in their 2020-21 NFL campaign were well worth the wait.