The Baltimore Ravens have secured their edge ahead of the 2023 season with the addition of a former no. 1 draft pick in the shape of free agent Jadeveon Clowney.
Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report first broke the news on his social networks, reporting the news of the signing on Friday, Aug. 18 ahead of Day 18 of Ravens training camp.
Clowney has signed a one-year deal, which he's accustomed to do as he's not been under a multi-year deal since his contract year expired after five seasons with the Houston Texans.
While the terms of the contract are still unknown, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network added the one-year nugget to the earlier report from Schultz.
The former South Carolina standout and 2014 first-overall pick will play for the Ravens, which become his fifth franchise since he entered the league ahead of the 2014 season. Before signing with Baltimore, the pass rusher did it in Cleveland, Houston, Seattle, and Tennessee.
Last season, Clowney appeared in 12 games while completing 28 tackles, getting to sack opposing quarterbacks twice, forcing one fumble, and defending three passes.
The Browns released Clowney on March 15, 2022, and it wasn't clear if the veteran would actually land somewhere in time for Week 1 of the 2023 regular season. Baltimore kicks the season off against Clowney's first NFL franchise, the Houston Texans, on Sep. 10.
The pass rusher comes to Baltimore to join Odafe Oweh, Tyus Bowser, and David Ojabo as the main EDGE players on the squad, and surefire locks to make it to the 53-man roster when cuts are made later this month.
Clowney got close (at least per reports at the time) to signing with the Ravens in the last two years, but in both offseasons he ended up signing single-season contracts with the Browns.