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Mike Lombardi: Jadeveon Clowney not a fit for Patriots

Now that the Patriots have well over $20 million in cap space, some are wondering will they spent it to add players for the coming season.

Jadeveon Clowney continues to be available and certainly would change the Patriots defense, but would he make sense?

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Former Patriots executive Mike Lombardi doesn’t believe so. In fact, he doesn’t think they will go after any high-profile player.

“I think it is going to be hard for them to go after any player after they gave no signing bonus to Cam Newton,” he said on The Pat McAfee Show. “Knowing Coach (Bill) Belichick as well as I do, he has great respect for the integrity of the locker room. He is not going to pay some player a lot of money and then look at Cam Newton and not pay him any signing bonus. If they redo Cam Newton’s contract now, before he even gets started, then I think it will tell you they will sign a player.

“Clowney is not a fit for New England whatsoever. He just doesn’t fit there. The way he rushes the passer. He doesn’t practice on Wednesday. He doesn’t practice on Thursday. Maybe he can practice on Friday based on his injuries and with his knee. There’s no chance he has anyway of playing for New England. It’s a complete no fit.”

The Patriots have had six players, including Dont’a Hightower, Patrick Chung and Marcus Cannon, opt out of the 2020 season in recent days.

Related: Key coronavirus opt-outs leave Patriots in a very tough spot

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