The Ravens nearly stole Jadeveon Clowney with a sign-and-trade deal, report says

Move-rusher Jadeveon Clowney on Saturday evening agreed to signal with the Titans on a one-year conract value as much as $15 million partially as a result of Tennessee was in a position to pay him greater than different potential suitors, specifically New Orleans, might or would. The Saints even tried to drag off some sign-and-trade shenanigans that will have made the maths work regardless of their minimal wage cap area, however the NFL reportedly wouldn’t have accredited the deal.

Because it seems, the Ravens have been attempting to handle the identical stunt, they usually would have ended up with the 27-year-old Clowney after a commerce with the Jaguars.

Based on Professional Soccer Discuss’s Mike Florio, had the NFL accredited the sign-and-trade idea New Orleans and Cleveland have been attempting, Clowney as a substitute would have signed with Jacksonville earlier than instantly being dealt to Baltimore.

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“From New Orleans’ perspective, the Browns would have signed Clowney and traded him to the Saints,” Florio reported. “From Baltimore’s perspective, the Jaguars would have signed Clowney and traded him to the Ravens.

“As soon as the league informed the Saints that it couldn’t occur, the technique was deserted. If a unique reply had been obtained, the Saints would have discovered quickly thereafter that the Jaguars would have been signing Clowney, and that the Jaguars would have been buying and selling him to Baltimore.”

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Florio’s report and added that “Baltimore expored this over the previous few days.”

A number of stories indicated the Ravens had been enthusiastic about Clowney all through his free company however weren’t prepared to pay what he finally ended up getting from the Titans. Whereas the Saints wanted the sign-and-trade deal with a view to match Clowney beneath their wage cap, the Ravens, not practically as cap-strapped, possible simply needed to make use of it as a strategy to receive him with out having to pay what they figured was an excessive amount of cash.

The deal would have been easy. Jacksonville/Cleveland would have signed Clowney to a brand new contract; let’s name it $15 million for one yr. The Jaguars/Browns would have paid Clowney a $5 million signing bonus and instantly traded him to the Ravens/Saints in trade for a second-round draft decide and, at the least within the case of New Orleans, a random participant as a wage dump.

So the Jaguars or Browns in essance would have paid $5 million for that second-round decide and the random participant from the Ravens or Saints. It will have been the primary NFL deal of its type.

Based on NFL Media, “a number of executives from completely different NFL groups stated they could not recall every other group executing such a deal involving a free agent who was actually solely signed to commerce him. One exec summed up the interpretation of the league’s bylaws as: ‘Basically, you may’t commerce money.'”

That is an fascinating twist to the Clowney saga of 2020 despite the fact that finally none of it issues now that he’s a Titan.

Though now it appears apparent that Clowney needed to play for the Ravens all alongside, as a result of someone evidently notified Baltimore — particularly Baltimore — of New Orleans’ unprecedented efforts. And it undoubtedly wasn’t the Saints or the Browns.

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