Andrew Berry declines comment on Jadeveon Clowney talks

Browns EVP/GM plans to remain aggressive to improve roster

Daryl Ruiter
April 10, 2020 - 10:37 am

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – Andrew Berry and the Browns have expressed interest in signing free agent defensive end Jadeveon Clowney but that’s as far as things seem to have gotten.

Berry was asked about his pursuit of the three-time Pro Bowler Friday morning on a conference call where he declined to get into specifics of where things stand.

“I am not going to get into the habit of commenting or speculating on players who are not on our roster. Obviously, Jadeveon, he is a good football player,” Berry said.

If Berry signs Clowney, the Browns will have to release Olivier Vernon, who is in the final year of his contract that pays just over $15 million in 2020.

Clowney reportedly is seeking a contract with an annual value of close to $20 million per year and despite having nearly $40 million in cap space available, Berry and the Browns aren’t in a hurry to sign him.

“Rest assured, across all opportunities to acquire other players, we are going to be aggressive in adding talent to the roster,” Berry said. “We are going to make sure if there is an opportunity to upgrade the team and we think it makes sense, we are going to be proactive there.

“Like I said, I am not going to speculate on players who are not on our team, but we are actively always looking – whether it is draft, free agency, trades, waiver wire or you name it – to add players to our roster.” 

The Browns signed veteran defensive end Adrian Clayborn to a two-year contract on Thursday.