- The Seattle Seahawks acquired Pro Bowl LB/DE Jadeveon Clowney in a trade with the Houston Texans
- Seattle’s Super Bowl 54 odds improved to +2800 after the completion of the deal
- Contract holdout Clowney previously vetoed a trade to the Miami Dolphins
Does Jadeveon Clowney improve the chances of the Seattle Seahawks making it to Super Bowl 54?
That’s what the sportsbooks think. However, it should be noted that they look upon the Clowney acquisition as causing a blip more than a bump in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl chances.
A cross-section of leading sportsbooks moved the average Super Bowl 54 odds of the Seahawks from +3000 to +2800.
Super Bowl 54 Odds
|New England Patriots||+700|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+800|
|New Orleans Saints||+800|
|Los Angeles Rams||+850|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+1400|
|Green Bay Packers||+2000|
*Odds taken on 08/31/19.
Sportsbooks put the Seahawks at the seventh-best odds to win the Super Bowl among NFC teams, along with the Minnesota Vikings.
Clowney Called his Shot
Franchise-tagged by the Texans, Clowney wisely refused to sign the paperwork on the franchise tag. That gave him the power to veto any trade.
He did exactly that when Houston sought to move Clowney and a first-round draft pick to the Miami Dolphins for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. The three-time Pro Bowl selection wanted no part of playing for what is being projected as the worst team in the NFL this season.
— NFL (@NFL) August 31, 2019
The Texans knew he’d only sign the tag if he was dealt to one of his preferred choices, reportedly the Seahawks or the Philadelphia Eagles.
The deal to Seattle was consummated. The Texans receive outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo, defensive end Jacob Martin and a 2020 third-round draft pick.
Clowney Makes Seahawks Better
The addition of Clowney fills a void created in April when Seattle dealt Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs.
On the field, Clowney is a difference maker. In 2015, he recorded six pass deflections. In each of the past two seasons he’s recovered three fumbles, scoring a touchdown off a fumble recovery in both 2017 and 2018.
Me: So you telling me you’re not chasing me anymore? @ClowneJD : “Nah bro…all other QBs”
Me: okay we’re cool we’re cool.. ?
Welcome to the squad bro! ??? pic.twitter.com/jiU5lXt2Dw
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) August 31, 2019
When Seattle made successive appearances in the big game in Super Bowls 48 and 49, defense was a driver of that success. Led by their famed Legion Of Boom secondary, the Seahawks were the NFL’s best defense when Seattle crushed Denver 43-8 in Super Bowl 48.
The difference then was that they also went into Beast Mode on offense. Seattle currently has nothing on the offensive side of the ball that comes close to the impact that Marshawn Lynch made on a game.
Seattle's front seven is now led by:
* Bobby Wagner: 4x All Pro
* Jadeveon Clowney: 3x Pro Bowl
* K.J. Wright: 4 100+ tackle seasons
* Jarran Reed: 10.5 sacks in 2018
* L.J. Collier: 2019 1st round pick
* Ziggy Ansah: 48 career sacks
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 31, 2019
Had his other wish come true and Clowney ended up with the Eagles, then you could seriously consider his addition as pushing his team closer to the Super Bowl.
In the NFC West, the Rams are still better than the Seahawks. Adding Clowney assures another Wild Card playoff appearance for Seattle.
It won’t get the Seahawks to the Super Bowl.
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