Has the world really become this soft? That spanking or punishing a child is a criminal offense?? 50 years ago, if a child misbehaved, other parents would be clamoring for the child’s parent to punish them. Now it’s seen as something that should never be done, the parent should be the child’s best friend and never teach them lessons. I’ll admit, it’s maddening how inconsistent Goodell is with suspensions, but at the same time it shouldn’t be a punishable offense
So I agree with this, for a clean sheet difference maker at a premium position, with years of high impact play remaining. I wanted Flowers and Lawrence (both have injuries, but nothing like microfracture).
This is where we disagree. I don't think Clowney fits that profile I described above, primarily due to the microfracture. That makes me question whether he is actually heading into his prime, or whether the odds say he's going to start having serious problems with that knee.
I also wonder whether actually has double digit sack potential, just based on his ability and skill. I mean, it's not unreasonable to project him getting 10-12 sacks, but he hasn't broken that barrier yet. He can obviously beat blockers, and he has tools, but I kind of see him in that Trey Flowers area -- lots of pressures and disruption, but lacking the closing ability to get a lot of sacks. I definitely don't see him ever hitting the 15+ sack range.
He's undoubtedly a really good player (obviously better than Flowers, btw), but is he ever going to be a monster, a dominant difference maker for a good defense? I'm skeptical.
Add in the knee condition, and my level of interest in guaranteeing him even $60m over three years goes way down; it basically disappears. I'd rent him for a year, but I'd only want to pay rental price, which means it's not gonna happen.
Personally, I don’t think he did much of anything that warrants suspension. All he might have done was punish his kid, and if that’s illegal, the world is getting too soft. However, it’s just things that have happened in the past that make me second guess everything, so personally I would have handed out a suspension just so I wouldn’t get complaints and everything from people about how this case is “no better than Zeke’s”. It’s more about keeping the public happy, though I think the entirety of this thing is a joke and parents spanking their child isn’t something that should mean suspension.