According to reports Jon Gruden wants to bring Jadeveon Clowney to the Las Vegas Raiders and he would be an incredible addition to the defense.
A report from Denver Broncos insider Cecil Lammey claims that the Las Vegas Raiders are interested in bringing in free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. To be more specific, Jon Gruden is interested in Clowney but GM Mike Mayock and owner Mark Davis are fine with standing pat on the defense.
The rumors swirling around Clowney suggest that he is looking for $17-18 million per year which is more than the Raiders may be willing to spend but given the strange nature of this offseason he may be willing to accept less.
Gruden infamously traded away an elite pass rusher in Khalil Mack because of his contract demands so giving Clowney a long-term big money deal would certainly raise a few eyebrows among Raider Nation.
However, if Clowney would agree to a short deal, perhaps a one-year deal with a fair amount of guaranteed money then it would be an absolute coup for the Silver and Black. The Raiders currently have just around $8 million in cap space according to Spotrac.com, but as we all know much of the salary cap in the NFL is an illusion, and they could simply make some corresponding moves in order to fit Clowney’s salary, whatever that may be.
If Clowney has any desire to come play under the bright lights of Las Vegas and in a state without an income tax, the Raiders absolutely need to make it happen and here’s why.