Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows he needs to find a pass rusher this offseason, and according to The Record's Art Stapleton, the team is "involved in pursuit" of top edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
Stapleton adds that "at least one team in that chase" is convinced the Giants can be labeled as legitimate contenders to land Clowney.
After franchise tags have been handed out to players like Shaq Barrett and Arik Armstead as well as Yannick Ngakoue currently in a sign-and-trade situation with the Jaguars, Clowney is the top pass-rusher on the market. And he'll be paid like it, with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano hearing from a source that he is going to look for a contract worth $22-23 milion per year.
The Giants can give him that amount with about $73 million in cap room to work with, according to OverTheCap. Vacchiano also heard from a source last week that Clowney had the Giants on his wish list.
Clowney played injured throughout the 2019 season, which explains managing only three sacks and 31 combined tackles over 13 games. He's since dealt with his core injury, getting surgery after the season. He hasn't produced a double-digit sack season yet, but Clowney is extremely disruptive in the run game with the ability to set the edge and beat running backs to the sideline as well.
The Giants need a dominant pass-rusher, and landing Clowney would certainly fit that bill. He's also only 27 years old, so paying up for a player still in his prime like that would make sense.
Free agency news continues to come out by the minute, so more clarity on the Clowney situation could be out soon. And the Giants could continue to be linked to one of the biggest free agent catches this spring.