Should Dallas Cut Crawford for Clowney?
This is what it all comes down to. With Crawford, there is no Clowney. With Clowney, there is no Crawford. Who would you rather have?
Spotrac has Clowney’s value at a six-year $120 million contract. That would average out to $20 million per season, compared to Crawford’s $9 million against the cap in 2020. Clowney has to be worth $11 million more than Crawford to be worth it.
I’m not too sure he is worth that. While Clowney’s been anywhere from good to great, Crawford has been consistently good. This is while getting paid a significant amount less than Clowney.
You can count on Crawford getting 30+ tackles and 4.0-5.0 sacks every season while playing on the interior and the edge. Clowney, on the other hand, can range from 5.0-9.0 sacks and 40+ tackles.
You know exactly what you will get from Crawford, while Clowney is up in the air. For a much cheaper price, position flexibility, and consistent play Crawford is the better choice.
The former first overall pick is going to need a new “prove it” deal, and it will be cheaper than the last one (one year $15 million). Let’s say he takes a one year $12 million contract. Would it be worth it at that point?
Again, it’s still not worth it. The edge is already set, with Lawrence, Crawford, and a likely return of Gregory. The signing of McCoy and the possibility of acquiring another interior lineman in Dontari Poe rounds out the defensive line.
There isn’t enough money for Dallas to take risks. They need to secure depth and players that can step up on cheaper contracts. Jadeveon Clowney is off the radar of the Dallas Cowboys.