In their continued pursuit for an edge rusher, the Ravens are reportedly one of the teams “keeping tabs” on free agent Jadeveon Clowney. The other is the Indianapolis Colts. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler tweeted as such on Monday morning —
Ravens and Colts among teams keeping tabs on Jadeveon Clowney but Browns have been most aggressive to try to get something done. Clowney opted against Cleveland last offseason but this time feels different.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 12, 2021
This is far from groundbreaking news, but it is somewhat noteworthy. Clowney and the Ravens have been linked before in the past, so “keeping tabs” probably does not mean anything substantial. All signs are currently pointing towards Clowney signing with the Ravens’ divisional rival in the Cleveland Browns.
As Fowler notes, the Browns have been the most aggressive team in their push to sign Clowney. They tried to sign him last offseason, too, before Clowney ultimately joined the Tennessee Titans on a one-year deal.
CBS’ Sports Jonathan Jones tweeted that the two sides were likely to reach an agreement today, but a reported travel issue is delaying Clowney’s visit with the Browns from Monday until later this week. This would be the second time Clowney has visited with Cleveland after meeting with them back in March.
My understanding is there was a travel issue on the #Browns arranged second visit/ physical with FA edge-rusher Jadeveon Clowney for Monday. Was expected to arrive late Sunday. There's hope to finalize a new booking soon, potentially midweek, at this time, per sources.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 12, 2021
The Ravens are set to host a free agent edge-rusher of their own on Tuesday in Justin Houston, another top remaining name on the market. If the Ravens and Houston don’t strike an immediate deal and Clowney does not ink with the Browns this week, it’s possible the Ravens could look to bring him for a visit as well. Other potential candidates include Melvin Ingram and Ryan Kerrigan, among others.
If the Ravens wait to sign someone until May, they will avoid losing a compensatory pick next year. It will be interesting to see what avenue they pursue with the draft approaching in just a few weeks. Either way, the Ravens appear destined to sign a veteran edge-rusher. If today’s news is any sort of indicator, Clowney isn’t entirely out of the question just yet.
Keep it locked in here on Baltimore Beatdown for any further updates in the near future.