Jadeveon Clowney returns to the Browns on a one-year contract, the third consecutive one-year contract he has signed. That keeps him in Cleveland for a second straight season, the first time he’s had back-to-back seasons with the same team since Clowney played his first five seasons with the Texans.
As much as Myles Garrett and others recruited Clowney to re-sign with the Browns, he said Thursday it was the team’s trade for Deshaun Watson that set him back.
“I played well here last year,” Clowney said via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “I felt like I could improve. I’m just picking up what I did last year. Besides, my son came here, Deshaun.
Clowney spent two seasons with Watson in Houston.
“I was all about where my boy Deshaun was going,” Clowney said. “When I spoke to [the Browns], I said, ‘I played with him. He took us a long way off the field. I was like, ‘I know you’re gonna keep us off the pitch. You racked up a lot of points, put us in rush situations instead of having to stop the race all the time. I just wanted to go play with him and see what I can do with him again.”
Clowney said if Watson had gone to the Falcons, Clowney would have sought to end up there. Or New Orleans, if that’s where Watson was traded.
He regularly stayed in touch with the quarterback, tying his future to that of Watson.
“I spoke to him a few times before he signed, after he signed,” Clowney said. “We have stayed in touch throughout this story of coming here. If he comes, then I come. I told him that if he goes there, I will follow him here. I’ll be back. That’s what it was about. »
Clowney, however, signed another one-year contract. With Watson facing more than two dozen civil lawsuits for alleged sexual misconduct during massage sessions, there’s a chance Watson won’t play this season. That would mean Clowney would have to sign with the Browns for the third time to play with Watson in 2023.
Clowney, 29, is part of Watson’s support system as the quarterback awaits news from the NFL.
“It’s a lot of pressure,” Clowney said. “I told him it was a lot of pressure for what he was up against, but for him to handle the situation the way he does, I think he’s doing a good job. He doesn’t say much. He comes here and works every day, he doesn’t mind messing up his work, working. He is doing well. I hope he continues to do so, watch what he does. I hope the best for my quarterback.”
Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler, had nine sacks in 14 games last season. His career high is the 9.5 sacks he had in 2017. Clowney has 41 career sacks in eight seasons.