Following his agreement to a one-year contract valued at potentially $6 million with the Ravens, renowned defensive end Jadeveon Clowney caused quite a stir when the announcement was made that he had opted for jersey No. 24.
This number is typically reserved for cornerbacks, safeties, or running backs, making it an unconventional decision considering his previous use of Nos. 90 and 99 throughout his nine-year NFL career. During his time in college at South Carolina, Clowney donned the No. 7 for three years.
After a challenging 2022 season marked by injuries, which led to a mere two sacks in 12 games, the seasoned standout appears to be seeking change with this daring number selection.
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Having been the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Texans, this three-time Pro Bowler enjoyed a successful five-season collaboration with J.J. Watt. The 30-year-old pass rushing talent, Clowney, spent his most recent two seasons with the Browns, following brief stints with the Seahawks and Titans.
Joining a formidable defensive line in Baltimore, Clowney’s choice prompted a diverse range of reactions, including notable responses from new Ravens teammate Marlon Humphrey, former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III, and both astonished media and fans.