3 pass rushers the Jacksonville Jaguars can sign after missing out on Calais Campbell
No. 1 pass rusher the Jacksonville Jaguars can sign: Jadeveon Clowney
After a flurry of activity in the first wave, the number of signings comes down significantly and players without a contract might become more selective when looking for a potential destination. That's the case of defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who hasn't been able to land a long-term deal in recent years even though he's been a pretty effective player.
One reason Clowney hasn't secured a long-term contract is his availability or lack thereof. He's started a full season just once since the Houston Texans made him the first overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and has missed eight games over the last three years. On top of that, he's never put up elite numbers. The former South Carolina Gamecock has never reached the 10-sack mark throughout his nine-year career.
Even though sacks aren't the only way to measure a pass rusher's success, Clowney's numbers lag behind players such as Nick Bosa, Micah Parsons, or former teammate Myles Garrett.
Speaking of Garrett, Clowney blamed him and the Cleveland Browns' coaching staff for putting Garrett in a position to succeed and "making him look good" at his expense. Those were odd comments and not the kind that leave a positive impression on your teammates.
However, Clowney is an effective player when healthy and the Jaguars have enough leaders in the locker to keep his ego in check. As long as he falls in line and helps the Jags win games, it won't matter what he did or didn't do at his previous stops. Then again, his personality isn't the biggest roadblock to a potential contract. That would be his asking price, and if he wants to get paid a premium for his services, he might be out of luck in Jacksonville.
But if Clowney is willing to accept a one-year, prove-it deal and rehabilitate his stock, the Jaguars should then embrace the possibility of signing him.