The idea of being involved in splash free agency spending is nice, but there seems to always be reports that snaps fans out of it.
While the Arizona Cardinals have not been rumored to be interested in Jadeveon Clowney, but they may have to deal with him if he remains in Seattle.
The Seahawks may have gotten a bit of a wake up call with the Clowney contract, as Matt Miller of Bleacher Report had this:
Gonna be a fun offseason pic.twitter.com/dP92kH1IHi— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) February 16, 2020
The guys over at Field Gulls broke down what resetting the market means and the big contracts of the past:
Aaron Donald: 6-years, $135M ($22.5M per year)
Khalil Mack: 6-years, $141M ($23.5M per year)
DeMarcus Lawrence: 5-years, $105M ($21M per year)
Frank Clark: 5-years, $104M ($20.8M per year)
Von Miller: 6-years, $114.5M ($19.083M per year)
Resetting the market means $24 million per year for six years, meaning about 6-years and $144 million.
That’s a ton of cake for Clowney who is a very, very good player, but has zero defensive player of the year awards, zero All Pro nods and has never notched 10 or more sacks in a season.
So, maybe if the Seahawks do sign Clowney, it would be good for the Cardinals to see some of their cap space choked off with a mega-deal to an outstanding player, but maybe not the richest contract in NFL history for a non-quarterback. If the Seahawks let him go, it could mean a bit of work to find a player as good as Clowney at his position, although they’ll likely be able to sign two good players at other positions of need.
These are the decisions front offices are faced with each and every year.
We’ll see how it goes.