Jadeveon Clowney could be a game-changer at defensive end for the Colts. The team currently has Justin Houston and Jabaal Sheard starting at the position and have been two of the best players on the front seven.
The concern begins with their age. Houston and Sheard are both 31 years old, and with the defense getting younger each year, the two defensive ends will certainly look to be replaced in the coming years.
Sheard’s production has dropped since his first year in Indianapolis, and while Houston had a few games last year when he really shined, they both overall should look to be upgraded soon. Clowney is a perfect candidate for the position.
At 27 years old, he made three straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2016-2018. He’s coming off of the least productive season of his career, only logging 3 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in 13 games. Regardless, he’s still the game-changer on the defensive line that teams are looking for.
He’s a prime candidate for the Colts given Ballard’s approach to competition and bringing in improvements at any position. Clowney is an improvement and could definitely regain his Pro Bowl-caliber status alongside DeForest Buckner.
Either Houston or Sheard would likely have to go if the former Seahawk were to be brought in, especially considering the amount of money he’s looking for (around $17-18 million per year). If the team brings him in, it’ll be a formidable defensive front and a contender for the best in the league.