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Jadeveon Clowney has signed an endorsement deal with Puma, despite the NFL restrictions on what he can wear on the field, ESPN have reported.

The South Carolina defensive end, is widely expected to be the number one pick in tonight's NFL draft, with the Houston Texans having the opening slot.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed, but Clowney is happy with his new deal, he said: "I just want to be a part of something different, why not change it up?"

Due to Puma not having a deal with the NFL, Clowney will not be allowed to wear any puma cleats on the field, but he will be representing Puma off it.

He has already been presented with a pair of custom made, snake skin shoes worth $2,500, the first of many freebies.

Jay Piccola, president of Puma North America said: "He represents everything we are and the consumer we are trying to attract, he's already a known brand to consumers and retailers alike."

Clowney has seen his star rise, since his massive hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith back in 2012, and he will be looking to hand out more punishment come the start of the season.

The defensive end has also signed endorsement deals with Gillette, New Era and Wilson, in what has been a lucrative week, one that is set to become even more so tonight.

Clowney is Puma's only signing in this years draft class, but he joins a handful of players in the NFL who wear the brand, Aaron Hernandez was dropped from the label the day he was charged with murder - just three months after signing a deal with them.

Nike have made movements within this years draft class, signing up all the top quarterbacks including; Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, UCF's Blake Bortles, Fresno State's Derek Carr and Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater.

Adidas have been less active, with wide receiver Sammy Watkins being their most high profile signing.

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