CLEVELAND (AP) — Free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney signed a one-year, $10 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, who will pair him with All-Pro Myles Garrett to chase quarterbacks and maybe get them deeper in the playoffs.
Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, hasn’t always played up to his reputation. He also has dealt with numerous injuries, but Browns general manager Andrew Berry has been intrigued by him for two years and Clowney visited the team Wednesday for the second time in recent weeks.
The sides agreed to a deal after he completed a medical exam.
The Browns have spent this offseason upgrading their defense, with Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler, as their signature move. His addition may have an impact on what they do in the upcoming NFL draft, as Cleveland’s biggest need was an edge rusher to complement Garrett.
The Browns, who made it to the second round of the postseason in 2020, will be Clowney’s fourth team in four years.
After he was drafted first by Houston seven years ago out of South Carolina, Clowney spent five seasons with the Texans before one with Seattle and last year in Tennessee. He turned down a multiyear offer from Cleveland as a free agent last summer to join the Titans, but didn’t say no to the Browns a second time.
Last season, Clowney played in just eight games — and didn’t record a sack — for the Titans before undergoing knee surgery. The Browns made sure he was medically sound before adding him to the roster.
The Browns will put Clowney on the opposite side of their defensive line from Garrett, giving Cleveland two disruptive ends capable of making big plays.
The 28-year-old Clowney has 32 career sacks in 83 games. He had 9 1/2 sacks in 2017 and nine in 2018. By comparison, Garrett has 42 1/2 sacks in 51 games.
Clowney has also forced nine fumbles, recovered eight, recorded an interception and scored four touchdowns on returns.
More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL