Bradley McDougald is making the transfer from the Seahawks to the Jets and he has an concept of one other participant he want to see make the identical transfer — Jadeveon Clowney.
McDougald, who got here to the Jets final weekend within the Jamal Adams commerce, mentioned he’s good associates with Clowney and he believes the free agent edge rusher would assist the Jets.
“I might positively go to bat for Jadeveon Clowney,” McDougald mentioned.
It’s stunning that Clowney stays a free agent and maybe signifies his asking worth stays too excessive. The Jets have proven minimal curiosity in Clowney and normal supervisor Joe Douglas has approached free company judiciously. It might be a shock if he reversed course and handed out huge cash to Clowney now.
Nonetheless, you possibly can’t blame McDougald for making an attempt.
“I do know the kind of participant Jadeveon is,” McDougald mentioned. “He needs to be in a camp someplace. He needs to play. He’s a ballplayer, a hell of a ballplayer. I requested him, I’m like, ‘hey man, I’m over right here now, chances are you’ll as effectively come.’ We laughed about it. I imply, at this level in his profession, he does need cash, however he needs to play as effectively. If a staff comes with the appropriate supply they usually strategy him the appropriate means, it may very well be very attainable that he may very well be a Jet.”
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McDouglad mentioned he would foyer for the Jets to signal Clowney, however acknowledged it most likely gained’t work.
“I don’t know the way a lot of a voice I’ve with them. That’s above my pay grade,” McDougald mentioned.
The Jets have a necessity at edge rusher. Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham are their projected starters in the mean time. Clowney solely had three sacks final 12 months in Seattle however was a Professional Bowl participant for the Texans within the three years earlier than that.
As for McDougald, he sounded excited to be with the Jets after the shock of the commerce light final weekend. He mentioned he felt “deserted” by Seattle at first however then noticed the optimistic facet with the Jets wanting him.
McDougald is just not a stranger to changing a prime participant. He took over for Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas in Seattle. Now he can be moving into Adams’ position right here.
“This isn’t me being right here to interchange Jamal,” McDougald mentioned. “That is me right here as a contemporary begin. Simply the identical means that I couldn’t be Kam and I couldn’t be Earl, however I nonetheless discovered my means to achieve success. It’s the identical means with this. It was above me. It’s not like I got here in and I used to be like, ‘ what, I’m about to take Jamal’s job.’ I obtained traded. That’s that. I’m coming right here to be one of the best me. I can’t be Jamal. I’m not the identical individual as Jamal. The one factor I can do is present up daily and be one of the best Bradley McDougald and hopefully that wins my coaches, my gamers and the followers over.”
Defensive lineman Steve McLendon was the primary Jets participant requested in regards to the allegations of sexist and racist remarks by proprietor Woody Johnson that had been reported final week. McLendon mentioned: “I’m not going to talk on him or any of the feedback that he mentioned or made, and I don’t cross judgment on anyone. On the finish of the day, he can be held accountable for his actions. I’m not even going to talk on that. No matter he mentioned, he mentioned. It’s on the market. I’ve an excessive amount of respect for Christopher (Johnson). I’m going to allow them to deal with that in any kind of vogue they need to deal with that.”