After over a year of pursuit, the Cleveland Browns have finally convinced free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney to sign with them. The Browns openly pursued Clowney despite having Olivier Vernon on their roster last year and with the Achilles' injury Vernon suffered in week 17, Clowney will now replace him.
The Browns get an established veteran in Clowney to play across from Myles Garrett, which was an important area to address for the Browns entering free agency. That frees up Takkarist McKinley to function as a designated pass rusher with speed off the edge.
Clowney is coming off of a torn meniscus that ended his 2020 season with the Tennessee Titans. He played eight games and did not record a single sack.