Sign the Biggest Free Agent Name Left on the Market
The newfound cap space created in this trade could go a number of places, but if Veach wanted to go for the biggest bang for his buck, then he should sign Jadeveon Clowney.
Clowney is kind of an unknown variable at this point as to how much he would cost, but he could be another perfect blessing that falls into the Chiefs’ lap.
Clowney didn’t perform up to his standards last season, but it is not every day that a player of his caliber is still sitting on the open market in early July. None of this really matters if he is unaffordable though so let’s take a quick look at that.
Originally Clowney seemed to have been asking for much more than what he was worth in the eyes to NFL GMs, but at this point, you would have to think his demands have lowered a little bit. If your stock seems to be falling and you have to take a one-year prove-it deal, why not do it with the Super Bowl champs?
We saw what a decent (at best) season with a Super Bowl-winning team did for a guy like Kendall Fuller. You have to assume that if Clowney comes in and has a bounce-back 9-10 sack season and the Chiefs repeat as Super Bowl champs, that he would be getting contract offers nearing that $20 million per year mark and that is how Veach should sell it.
This tweet yesterday from Marcus Mosher sums it up best, if the Chiefs have the cap space after the trade they should sign him ASAP. If Kansas City could get him for $10 million per year, it’s not crazy to believe that Adams and Clowney not only serviceably replace Jones, but are a much more valuable combination at roughly $17 million for next season than Jones alone is at his $16 million tag amount (that he may not even play on anyways).
I know this is a wild scenario with a lot more to it that discussed in this article, but let’s just look at the end result.
Trade Jones to the Jets for Adams, he gets paid and gets to play with his buddy Bell, the Chiefs get a cheaper elite player, use the extra cap space created to sign Clowney, win a Super Bowl, get Clowney paid and get a compensatory pick out of him.
Seems like a win across the board to me. What do you guys think Chiefs Kingdom, would this scenario be enough to let go of Jones?