Jadeveon Clowney returning to Browns on 1-year, $11M deal

The suspense is over.

Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is returning to the Browns on a one-year, $11 million deal, a league source confirmed to The Chronicle-Telegram on Sunday. Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com was first to report the news.

The Browns wanted Clowney back after nine sacks, 19 quarterback hits and two forced fumbles and a return was thought to be likely, but other teams were interested and the flurry of free agency and the draft passed without a deal. That finally changed, answering perhaps the team’s biggest roster question heading into the season.

Jadeveon Clowney adds pair of sacks to finish with 9, walks into offseason, potential free agency feeling great

“Run it back,” Clowney posted on Instagram with a picture of him in a Browns uniform.

Jadeveon Clowney on Instagram. #Browns pic.twitter.com/iiOjtUKYQO

— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) May 22, 2022


Clowney, 29, steps back into the No. 2 end role opposite All-Pro Myles Garrett. Clowney was the No. 1 pick in 2014 and Garrett in 2017.

Clowney allows rookie third-round pick Alex Wright, trade acquisition Chase Winovich and free agent additions Stephen Weatherly and Isaac Rochell to compete for backup roles and playing time.

Clowney resurrected his career last season, his first in Cleveland after signing a one-year deal as a free agent. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2016, ’17 and ’18 but was limited to 21 games and three sacks in the next two…

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