According to nfl.com, the Saints were attempting a sign-and-trade to bring in Clowney. They speculate that the other team involved was the Browns, who have tons of salary cap room and a willingness to be creative in their roster moves. The deal they were trying would have involved the Browns signing Clowney to a 1-year, $15 million deal that included a $5 million signing bonus. Once signed, they would have traded him to the Saints for a second round pick and a player to be named later. The Saints would then have only been on the hook for Clowney's $10 million salary, and gotten another salary off the books in the process.