Texans Open To Trading Jadeveon Clowney

Could Jadeveon Clowney be on the move? The Texans are open to trading the star linebacker, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN (via PFT). 

Clowney was cuffed with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but he has yet to sign his tender. Meanwhile, the two sides remain far apart on negotiations for a new deal.

Last week, Texans GM Brian Gaine expressed optimism about reaching an accord, though we haven’t heard positive news on that front.

“That’s the spirit of the franchise tag,” Gaine said“You know, there’s a reason why we did that with every hope and intention to continuing to work on that. That’s a negotiation, it’s a process. It has to be a deal that makes sense for both sides, for the player, for the organization as it relates to short term and long term. That’s still the plan.”

Clowney wouldn’t be the first defensive star to be tagged-and-traded. Just this week, the Seahawks shipped standout Frank Clark to the Chiefs and Clowney could be the next to don a new jersey.

The outside linebacker was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. Last year, he racked up nine sacks in 15 games. He’s also a difference-maker in the run game – he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ tenth-best edge defender in 2018.

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17 comments on “Texans Open To Trading Jadeveon Clowney

  1. connfyoozed

    If true, this could be very, very interesting. He could arguably fetch a bigger return than Clark or Dee Ford.

    • jeremy

      What the market is for d linemen . I think dude would get a similar offer. Since his stats and age I pretty much no different than those other guys

      • Bryzzo2016

        Definitely more than Ford. A much better player, Ford is overrated, Lynch desperately overpaid.

  2. KCChiefs3485

    Come on KC. Trade next years first and a 2nd from this year….

    Im sure it could be done. Lol

    • jb19

      I bet you the Texans would take that. Not only do you have to give up draft pick comp, you have to offer a $100MM+ contract (similar to Demarcus lawrence’s deal) for a player who has never reached his potential and has his motor questioned all the time… going to be hard for KC to get Mahomes deal done while paying Clowney.

      • KCChiefs3485

        With the ever increasing cap, I think people tend to underestimate the ability for teams to manipulate it and get extensions done.

        I am not saying it is an easy task by any means, but it is possible.

        After thinking about it a little more, I don’t even think it would take a 1st rounder to get a deal done. 2nd/3rd this year and 2nd next year? What do I know though, I usually have to take over another team to get my trades accepted on Madden. Lol

        • jb19

          I guess my larger point is that if I was a GM, I wouldn’t even be interested in Clowney unless he starts giving it his all. He will always be second fiddle to JJ Watt in Houston… keep in mind, Clowney has been motivated this far to get to his contract, what’s going to motivate him after you guarantee him $60MM?

  3. highplainsdriftr

    Does anyone really want to pay 100 million to a guy who has the talent to be one of the best in the league, but the drive to just be good?

  4. jacobsigel1025

    I wonder if the Falcons could bite on this by trading their first this year and a mid round pick next year

  5. madmanTX

    If the Steelers can move into the top 10 to get a LB, maybe they could package their extra picks…Texans want the ones from the Raiders and maybe something from next year’s draft?

  6. astrosfan

    Come on Jerry use your head finally. Go out and get this guy. He would fit great in Dallas

  7. The dude

    I think it’s funny how people are still saying he doesn’t play hard that was a knock on him in college. One thing when you play on the same team with JJ watt is your gonna play hard. I’ve watched every game clowney has played in. He is the best edge run defender in the game. His pass rush issue is after his initial move if it’s blocked then he is in trouble that’s what people see and say he isn’t playing hard. He just has been so used to being a superior athlete that he never needed a move set. I personally have the Texans sign him if he is willing to take 21 or 22 a year but they are gonna want more then people think Texans run d is top notch because of him. It not always sacks he completely shuts down the run.

  8. mgrap84

    I think Baltimore should make a run at him. We desperately need edge rushers. We have the money to extend him but it all depends on the cost to get him.

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