South Carolina football: Jadeveon Clowney signs with Cleveland Browns

Former South Carolina football player Jadeveon Clowney has signed w/ a new team.

Jadeveon Clowney’s free agency tour is officially over, as the former South Carolina football star has signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth up to $10 million. The pass rusher will now be on his fourth roster in as many years, after bouncing around Houston, Seattle, and Tennessee.

The Browns appear to be a great fit for the former first round pick, as he’ll now team up with Myles Garrett along Cleveland’s front four. Garrett, who took down opposing quarterbacks13 times last year, should take some of the attention off of his new teammate, which is bound to lead to an uptick in Clowney’s production. The duo will be a pain in the sides of AFC North rivals as the Browns try to get back to the playoffs for a second straight season.

Clowney experienced a bit of a down year in his lone season with the Titans, appearing in just eight games due to injury, tallying 19 tackles, and failing to record a sack. Though injury issues have been a knock throughout his career, the defensive end passed a physical prior to his signing, and will hope to get back to the player we saw between 2016 and 2019. In those four seasons, Clowney notched 189 tackles, 27.5 sacks, eight strips, eight fumble recoveries, and three defensive touchdowns. He was a three-time Pro Bowler over that time.

Clowney left South Carolina after his junior year in 2013, becoming the second Gamecock in program history to be selected with the first overall pick. He racked up 24 sacks and nine forced fumbles in his three seasons in Columbia.

As a sophomore, he set a single-season school mark with 13 sacks, finishing sixth in the Heisman voting and winning the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He was a unanimous All-American.

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