Jadeveon Clowney dismisses injury fears, hopeful of Seattle return
- Though he remains unsigned, Jadeveon Clowney insists teams should not be put off by suggestions he is a risk due to injuries.
Jadeveon Clowney told prospective suitors not to be put off by his injury history as the free agent waits to sign with an NFL team for 2020.
The 27-year-old defensive end, a three-time Pro Bowler, is one of the most high-profile free agents that remains unsigned after last month's NFL Draft.
However, given he has played all 16 games in a campaign just once in his six seasons in the league and is thought to want around $17million a season, teams could be put off signing Clowney until they make medical checks.
That is difficult currently due to the lockdowns imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, yet Clowney has assured franchises he will be good to go once the offseason camps begin.
"I don't know if people think I'm hurting because of what I went through because of the core [injury] or because [of injuries] in previous years," he told Fox 26.
"But I just want to let people know I'm ready, and I'm gonna be ready to go whenever the time comes.
"I've got a few [offers], but the process for me is really just weighing my options and taking my time.
"I ain't in no rush right now. I know with what's going on right now in the world, with the coronavirus and everything, it's a slow process until teams really can see me and see what I got and give me physicals and everything.
"So I ain't in no rush. I'm just waiting on the right opportunity and the right timing for me."
Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was traded to the Seattle Seahawks last year and the NFC West franchise are thought to be keen on a reunion.
The feeling is mutual, with Clowney having fond memories of his year in Seattle.
"I love Seattle," he said.
"I love everybody on the coaching staff. I wouldn't trade those guys in. I hope we can work something out."
Clowney has also been linked with the Cleveland Browns.
He has had 32 sacks in his six seasons in the NFL, including three last year with the Seahawks.