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As suspected, free agent Jadeveon Clowney is headed to the Cleveland Browns and will presumably give the rising franchise another boost to its defense.
Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Clowney agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million. He entered free agency after a disappointing season with the Tennessee Titans that was hampered by a nagging injury suffered in October.
But he is supposedly fully recovered from a knee procedure in December, and the Browns are hopeful he can once again be the player who dominated the defensive front of the Houston Texans.
If he can come anything close to that, then he, Myles Garrett and fellow newcomer Takk McKinley could absolutely torture opposing quarterbacks. In fact, a healthy and reinvigorated Clowney may very well give the Browns the best defensive line in the AFC.
“Plan is to play Clowney opposite Myles Garrett,” wrote Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. “A salary restructure or release of Sheldon Richardson may be required.”
Clowney, 28, has posted 255 tackles, 86 quarterback hits and 32 sacks in the seven seasons since the Texans drafted him with the No. 1 overall pick.
He signed with the Browns after passing his physical and meeting with the team a second time, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.