Texans To Trade Jadeveon Clowney To Seahawks

The Jadeveon Clowney era in Houston has come to an end. The Texans and Seahawks have agreed to a trade that will send the star edge rusher to Seattle. Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com tweets that the Texans will receive a 2020 third-rounder, defensive end Barkevious Mingo, and linebacker Jacob Martin.

While the deal is all but “done” according to NFL.com’s Tom Pelissero (on Twitter), there are a few formalities that need to be taken care of. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets that Clowney is currently in Seattle to sign his franchise tender, which would enable Houston to trade him. Clowney, Mingo, and Martin will also need to pass physicals before the deal’s completed. We learned earlier today that the two sides had been progressing towards a deal.

The move makes plenty of sense for the Seahawks. Seattle doesn’t have to commit to a new Clowney deal until the offseason, allowing them to evaluate his fit on the team. Further, if the edge rusher ends up leaving in free agency, they’re likely land a 2021 third-round compensatory draft pick. While the organization will have to fit Clowney’s $15.9MM tag charge into their $25MM in cap space (the team cleared $4MM by trading Mingo), it was still clearly worth the “risk.”

Considering the Seahawks’ need for pass-rushing, Clowney’s desire to play in Seattle, and the minimal asking price, there’s really no risk at all. While the Seahawks did add defensive end Ziggy Ansah, they moved on from veteran Frank Clark. The team will also be without defensive tackle Jarran Reed for the first six games due to suspension, necessitating their need for help up front.

The Texans were somewhat stuck behind a rock and a hard place when it came to the Clowney trade talks. The 26-year-old did have a bit of leverage regarding where he could land, and it apparently worked. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald tweets that the Dolphins and Texans were well on their way to hammering out a deal. When Clowney refused to play in Miami, it allowed one of his preferred suitors to swoop in.

In other words, the Texans did relatively well considering the circumstances. Most teams would purely view Clowney as a rental, so a third-rounder is fine value for an impending free agent. Plus, while Martin may not be a recognizable player, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweets that one GM gushed about the player’s motor. The 2018 sixth-round pick had nine tackles and three sacks as a rookie.

Mingo, a former first-rounder, has bounced around the NFL during his six-year career. He started a career-high 14 games for Seattle in 2018, compiling 48 tackles and two forced fumbles.

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44 comments on “Texans To Trade Jadeveon Clowney To Seahawks

  1. Rhino

    Good lord. The Texans have a need at Offensive line, Wide receiver & running back so in true fashioned the Texans trade for linebackers/Defensive ends. This team is a joke.

      • Rhino

        Titans and Jags have the most upside in the division. I see the Texans finishing at best 3rd in their division with a record of 5-11

    • Johhos

      Agreed -Texans wimped out on this deal. Texans were supposed to be looking for O-line or RB help in a Clooney trade, now settling for a 3rd rd pick and defensive help ?

  2. jirogers72

    Terrible trade – a nothing burger in return – way to get protection for Watson!

  3. dustyceltics

    All I like about this deal for the Texans is the third round pick… with that being said they could get a good player in the third round

    • Polish Hammer

      Third round pick? The Seahawks will get it back in compensation when he bolts in free agency.

    • Rhino

      Yeah, they were guaranteed a third round pick even if they kept him for the season. This boils down to a salary dump and flaming garbage in return.

  4. Steezy

    And everyone on this website ripped me apart when I said he wasnt going to philly

  5. bippy boy

    Clowney has been just ok . Watt on other side getting doubled and he’s really done very little as a #1 overall pick

    • kaehlaone

      Goodness, get into reality. He’s one of the top run defending DE’s in the game, was limited by scheme on the pass rush but still got sacks, and has been a Pro Bowler

    • houston turmoiler

      There were plenty of times Clowney drew the double teams and Watt was singled. Guy is a terrific player. The worst thing he does is jump offside too much. You can debate whether he’s worth a huge contract, but he’s far from a bust or unproductive. The guy makes a big impact on a game.

  6. Steezy

    They could have just let him go this past offseason and gotten a 3rd round comp pick. What a stupid trade.

    • Rhino

      Agreed. But hey we got back two defensive backups….maybe one of them can learn to play offensive line. Either that or billy will pull fans out of the stands to protect Watson’s blind side this year.

  7. dejota

    I’d literally rather have nothing and force Clowny to the bench…

    Incessant ineptitude from my Texans. This feels like proverbial straw for me. Whats the point when you need a QB to win in this league and we squander every opportunity to build around him. Thank you McNairs for nothing but avwrage teams and racists rhetoric and thank you Bill O’Brien for being so dumb I have enough reasons to finally move on.

  8. puddles

    Always been a BoB supporter but this offseason has really changed everything. He hasn’t earned the de facto GM title. Bad trade for the Texans in a win now window.

  9. compassrose

    I was wrong on that one didn’t think they would get him.

    You guys will like Mingo he is good a hard worker and good teamate. Has a good motor and doesn’t take plays off. You probably don’t want to hear this but he was on the bubble and more than likely going to be cut. Don’t know much about the other guy didn’t watch a full preseason game.

    Pete and John are pretty good at evaluating players so I would expect this to work out. Whether that means he signs a contract next year we will see.

  10. dustyceltics

    I feel like the Texans could pick up LeSean McCoy and have him as their running back why trade when you can pick up a decent one

    • Ironman_4life

      According to dejota up there^^ the racist Texans would never go for that.

  11. phillyballers

    How did the Eagles not swing this trade? Big V + Agholor for Clowney and a 1st or 2nd would have beaten a journeyman and a special teamer. Or even Curry + Big V.

  12. gtb1

    Seriously. No O line help or RB. They should have kept him and franchised him again for next year too. Hard to believe this is all a competent GM could get for a 3 time Pro Bowler and a former #1 overall pick presumedly in his prime. Oh yea. Texans don’t have one of those. Cal McNair – please wake up. Bill O’Brien is killing us. The only similarity he has with Belicek is his initials. Awful. Awful. Season tickets for sale.

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