Pete Carroll on Jadeveon Clowney: Seahawks “were in it the whole time”

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The Seahawks offered defensive end Jadeveon Clowney earlier this year. Clowney didn’t accept it. The Seahawks nevertheless remained in the conversations up until the very end.

“He’s a good player and it was a long, long offseason in terms of trying to figure out how that was gonna work out,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters on Monday. “And we were involved throughout. But yet, we moved on, you know, for the most part well early in the offseason so that we can do the rest of the team and fortunately we were able to do that and got some good players. But he’s a terrific player and should be a good addition for [the Titans].”

Even though the Seahawks moved on to sign other players, they didn’t give up on Clowney.

“I talked to him throughout the process and stayed with him,” Carroll said. “We had really good, amicable conversations about things and he was just waiting the whole time. He had his sights set really high to start with and it just put him in a situation where he had to wait it out. And he didn’t get near the amount that he wanted as it turned out. Our offers and stuff early on didn’t look attractive to him because he had his mindset elsewhere. I don’t know. It was just a pretty normal process but he just wasn’t ready to make a call early on.”

As the process moved to a conclusion, the Titans, Saints, and Seahawks remained in the mix.

“We were in it the whole time,” Carroll said. “We were with him the whole time in the discussion. . . . [G.M.] John [Schneider] was in on all of it.”

It didn’t end until late Saturday night. Despite a report that Clowney had picked the Titans, he continued to talk to the Saints (and apparently the Seahawks) and to consider carefully his options before finally settling on the Titans.

13 responses to “Pete Carroll on Jadeveon Clowney: Seahawks “were in it the whole time”

  1. “And he didn’t get near the amount that he wanted as it turned out. Our offers and stuff early on didn’t look attractive to him because he had his mindset elsewhere. I don’t know. ”

    There u have it. He shot down better offers early and now he gets his 1 year prove it deal 🤣 🤡ey

  2. Carroll and the Seahawks are really naive if they put all their eggs in the Clowney basket.
    Should have moved on and got a comparable pass rusher when one was available.
    As things stand, they must have the worst D line in the league.

  3. Should have taken the Seahawk offer, early on. He lost several millions of dollars & that has to be the main reason he moved on from his agent.

  4. 7th highest pass rush win rate in the league last year. Double teamed on 25% of snaps. #2 Edge player against the run. Its not all about sacks. He’s a game wrecker. Anyone who says different is just jealous he didn’t sign with your team.

  5. Pete said the Seahawks “moved on early in the offseason” and also that they “were in it the whole time”. Does the gum have a mind of its own and it just blurts stuff out between chomps?

  6. You can’t believe a word Pete Carroll says. What was it, Pete? Were you in it throughout? Or did you give up on him and move on early on? I don’t know why reporters even bother talking to him. They’re never going to get a straight answer from him.

  7. For those who are Pete-speak illiterate: “moving on” while simultaneously being “in it throughout” means that they signed guys planning for his absence while still maintaining a Plan B that would create cap room if he finally came to his senses and came back to Seattle.

  8. Clown might have stayed with Penny-pinching Mode if they matched Tennessee’s offer, I reckon. Obviously they couldn’t do that because they are paying too much for the 35 million dollar MVP wannabe dude.

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