The Saints made a strong case to land the pass-rusher, but he ultimately chose to go with Tennessee.
Jadeveon Clowney, a Rock Hill native and a USC Gamecock who was the overall No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft, signed a one-year contract worth up to $15 million with the Tennessee Titans, national media reports say. Last year, the Dolphins paid Ryan Tannehill a $5 million signing bonus on a restructured contract to send him to the Titans.More news: Serena through to US Open last 16 after battle with Stephens
Seattle traded for him on September 1, 2019, hoping to keep him around as more than just a one-year rental, sending two players and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft to Houston for the pass rusher.
Clowney will be reunited with Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, who was on the Houston Texans' staff during Clowney's first three seasons. And after 5½ months on the free-agent market, Clowney made a decision to head to Tennessee instead. The Seahawks also agreed not to franchise tag Clowney for a second straight year as part of the trade.
In 2019, Clowney played 13 games in Seattle, where he notched one interception (which he took for a touchdown), two fumble recoveries, 31 tackles and seven tackles for loss.More news: NHC monitors four disturbances in the Atlantic basin
The Saints continued to try to rework their offer late into Saturday night, but without help, they couldn't match the Titans' offer.
Clowney's acquisition was viewed as a success inside the Seattle locker room. He is coming off a core injury that required offseason surgery.
The 2020 National Football League season begins September 10, when the Texans travel to play the Kansas City Chiefs. The injury sidelined him for two games; he missed a third game with the flu. The seventh-year professional had his best year under Vrabel in Houston in 2017, posting career-highs in sacks (9.5), tackles for loss (21) and QB hits (21).More news: Bangladesh: At least 18 dead following explosion at mosque in Narayanganj