Former first overall NFL Draft pick and All-Pro defensive end Jadaveon Clowney still does not have a home as NFL teams enter their second week of training camp, and one analyst believes the Pittsburgh Steelers could be interested in signing the former Houston Texans and Seattle Seahawks pass rusher.
Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network reports that the Steelers have shown interest in signing the 27-year-old, despite a lack of available salary cap space and returning starters at both outside linebacker spots, which is where the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Clowney had his greatest success in Houston.
“A source close to Clowney told me the Pittsburgh Steelers have been poking their nose around to see if they can sign him,” Pauline said.
According to Spotrac.com, the Steelers have under $4 million of available salary cap space, the fourth-smallest figure in the league, though they could renegotiate some contracts to make more space.
They also have an upcoming salary cap crunch in 2021, when they will owe starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger $41 million against the cap.
Pauline said he does not believe the Steelers are one of the more likely teams to sign Clowney and that divisional rivals Baltimore are apparently at the head of the pack, with cap space gleaned from the release of safety Earl Thomas.