HOUSTON — In his first interview since becoming a free agent, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he has not ruled out a return to the Seattle Seahawks.
The interview with FOX 26 Houston Sports Director Mark Berman aired Tuesday night.
Berman said Clowney has been working out in Houston since he underwent surgery on for a sports hernia in February.
Clowney is widely viewed as one of the best remaining free agents on the market.
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft said he is in no rush to sign with any team and acknowledged some teams want to see him in person to see how he has recovered from surgery before signing him.
“I know what’s going on in the world right now with the coronavirus and everything. It’s a slow process,” Clowney said. “So I ain’t in no rush. I’m just waiting on the right opportunity.”
The Seahawks acquired Clowney in a trade with the Houston Texans just before the start of the 2019 regular season. In exchange for Clowney, the Seahawks sent Jacob Martin, Barkevious Mingo and a 2020 third-round pick to the Texans.
In 13 games last year, Clowney recorded three sacks, 13 quarterback hits and four forced fumbles.
In an interview after the 2020 NFL Draft, Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team tried to sign Clowney early on in free agency and would still love to have him back.
However, Schneider said Clowney’s willingness to be patient during the free agent process forced the team to conduct business elsewhere.
“He came in, did a great job for us,” Schneider said of Clowney’s 2019 play. “We made an effort to re-sign him. Still, the door’s not closed, but we couldn’t wait any longer. We had to conduct business. He knew that.”
For the Seahawks, conducting business meant signing free agents Benson Mayowa and Bruce Irvin and drafting Darrell Taylor and Alton Robinson.
No matter how long it takes, Clowney said he’ll be healthy and ready to contribute to any team that signs him.
“Whoever I sign with is gonna get the best version of me,” Clowney told Berman. “I know what I got to do to get where I need to get.”
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