Still, Clowney, 28, believes his best is ahead of him.
“I’m capable of NFL Defensive Player of the Year,’’ Clowney said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “All-Pro for sure.”
Clowney, who has played a full, 16-game schedule only once in his career, will play opposite Myles Garrett after signing with the Browns.
“I’ve been getting double-teamed an awful lot in this league, in my career,” Clowney said. “I’m looking forward to playing with somebody dominant on the other side in Myles Garrett who can draw a double-team. Maybe I can go one-on-one more.”
Clowney was the No. 1 overall choice in 2014, and Garrett was the No. 1 overall choice in 2017. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield was the No. 1 overall choice in 2018.
“I’m not trying to walk in and step on anybody’s toes,’’ said Clowney, who has played 21 games and totaled three sacks the past two seasons combined. “I’m just here to help out and do my job. I’m going to play hard. Everybody knows that.
“I’d like them to focus on [Garrett]. It might take some pressure off myself.”