The Cleveland Browns have signed pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, the team announced Wednesday.
Clowney's deal is for one-year and $10 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
"We're excited to add Jadeveon to our defensive line," Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said. "He's a disruptive force that will help us against the run and the pass. We've been able to make some nice additions to our defense throughout free agency and we are looking forward to getting to work, so we can improve our team."
The Browns offered Clowney a multi-year contract last year, the largest one he received, before he opted to take a one-year, $13 million deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Clowney, who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, did not have a sack in eight games before undergoing season-ending knee surgery. Despite his lack of statistics, the Titans insisted that Clowney was effective within their defensive scheme.
The Browns are looking for a pass-rushing end to pair with All-Pro Myles Garrett, and with Clowney's signing, the team will now have two of the NFL's best edge rushers on the same line.
Clowney may not get to the quarterback with the same frequency as he did earlier in his career, but the 28-year-old is solid against the run and would give offences something else to worry about.
The Browns went 11-5 in the regular season in 2020, ended their long playoff drought, and beat rival Pittsburgh in the wild-card round before losing to Kansas City.
Cleveland has been in the market to upgrade the defensive end spot after Olivier Vernon ruptured an Achilles tendon in the regular-season finale and wasn't re-signed. The Browns signed free agent Takk McKinley to a one-year, $4.25 million contract last month.
General manager Andrew Berry's draft plans could be affected if the Browns sign Clowney. Cleveland has the No. 26 overall pick and will likely add another defensive piece after addressing the unit with several signings in free agency.
The Browns showed some interest in star end J.J. Watt before he signed with Arizona.
Clowney has dealt with assorted injuries over the past few seasons. He spent five years with the Texans, recording 29 sacks and making the Pro Bowl three times. He played one season in Seattle before going to Tennessee.