If you want no surprises in life, always expect the unexpected. That's the Flock Nation motto as nobody had a clue of what was coming on Tuesday before Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reported a surprising visitor was meeting Baltimore's brass.
While Day 12 of training camp practices was unfolding on Tuesday, August 8, Zrebiec published a tweet in which he reported EDGE Jadeveon Clowney's visit to the Ravens on the day.
No fancy messages here, just straight facts: "Jadeveon Clowney was in building for a FA visit w Ravens today," Zrebiec tweeted.
Clowney, a former Houston Texans' first-overall pick from the 2014 NFL Draft, last played for the Cleveland Browns last season before entering free agency this spring.
Aged 30, Clowney would play for his fifth organization if he ends up signing with the Ravens, which are in dire need of bolstering their pass-rushing unit.
Whether or not the franchise is willing to offer Clowney a deal on par with his last one ($11 million over a single season), is unknown. Clowney left the building without a contract on Tuesday, just in case.
Last season, Clowney appeared in 12 games while completing 28 tackles, sacking the quarterback a couple of times, forcing a fumble, and defending three passes successfully. Before playing in Cleveland, Clowney was a member of the Texans, the Seahawks, and the Titans.
The Ravens currently have three outside linebackers/edge rushers locked into making the 53-man roster but not much more talent outside of those: David Ojabo, Tyus Bowser, Odafe Oweh, and fourth-round pick Tavius Robinson. Bowser, mind you, has not practiced through the offseason and is sitting on the PUP list with a knee injury.
The Browns released Clowney on March 15 after he entered a fight of words with the franchise and how it used his talents, something that should at least give some pause to potential suitors interested in the 10-year veteran if only for the attitude concerns.
The consensus opinion is that no bad one-year deal and that's most probably what Clowney ends up signing this season, whether that's with the Ravens or any other organization. Clowney has failed to ink a multi-year deal since his rookie deal expired, and that's not going to change nearly a decade after he got drafted.
If Clowney keeps his demands reasonable and is willing to play a rotational role along with Oweh and Ojabo, then Baltimore would do well to give him the one-year deal he will probably command.
If Clowney shows any stubbornes and comes to the Ravens' honchos with hefty demands in terms of salary and playing time, then the Flock should pass on calling him as one of their own.