Jadeveon Clowney On Seahawks Trade

Jadeveon Clowney revealed some information about his preseason team change Wednesday. For starters, the former No. 1 overall pick said he expected to be a Texan for a sixth season before Bill O’Brien informed him otherwise around two weeks before the regular season started.

I thought I was going to be in Houston and then the last call to get ready to go in for training camp like two weeks before. Bill O’Brien was like, ‘We are trading you.’ I was just like, ‘Oh, OK,'” Clowney said during an appearance on Ian Rapoport’s RapSheet and Friends podcast (audio link). “Well, I will hold off on signing (my franchise tender) now cause I don’t know where I’m getting traded to. Because he was like, ‘We don’t know where we’re going to send you yet, but we are going to trade you.'”

The Texans ended up sending Clowney to the Seahawks for a 2020 third-round pick and linebackers Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin — neither of whom start in Houston. Clowney had refused to sign his franchise tender, in a move that initially allowed him to avoid Texans training camp without fines but became about dodging a trade to the Dolphins.

The 26-year-old edge defender confirmed he did not want to be a part of Miami’s rebuild but would have welcomed a deal to Philadelphia, which is consistent with the reports that emerged in late August. Seattle had discussed a Clowney deal with Houston before the draft, but the Texans’ price tag was higher than it eventually became at the preseason’s conclusion.

Miami, yeah, I didn’t want to go. Send me to a team that has a chance to win,” Clowney said, via Rapoport. “And when I hear about Seattle, Philly, also, of course, I want to go. I’ve got guys on both teams I’ve played with before. I would have loved to play for either one of the teams. So anyone of them would have worked for me.”

The Eagles had already given Malik Jackson a $10MM-AAV deal and re-signed Brandon Graham for $13MM-plus per year this offseason, those contracts joining Fletcher Cox‘s $17.1MM-per-year pact on a high-priced defensive line. The Seahawks had traded away franchise-tagged defender Frank Clark and did not have big expenses on their D-line. Clowney remains attached to his $15.967MM tag number, but the Seahawks are only on the hook for $8MM of it.

Through five Seahawks games, Clowney has a sack, three QB hits, a pick-6 and a forced fumble. Whitney Mercilus has fared well in Clowney’s absence, registering five sacks and four forced fumbles with the Texans.

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10 comments on “Jadeveon Clowney On Seahawks Trade

  1. Polish Hammer

    Glad Philly didn’t give up trade value and that kind of money on a guy with 9 tackles and 3 sacks.

    • Polish Hammer

      Actually 1 sack and on pace for a 3 sack season, money well spent!

      • warwhatisitgoodfor

        Lol, I would take Clowney 10 times over 10 in place of Malik Jackson and saving 2 mil…but yeah, laugh it up Polish Hammer.

        • Polish Hammer

          Sure because you have the great powers of hindsight and can see into the past and know Jackson would get hurt.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    “Miami, yeah, I didn’t want to go. Send me to a team that has a chance to win,”

    Apparently Clowney isn’t aware that Miami leads the series against Seattle 10-5.

    • seth3120

      Is this meant as sarcasm or are you seriously suggesting that means anything when it comes to where Clowney would like to play?

      • Sports

        You need to lighten up. All of your comments are always as if we’re talking about life and death here. It’s. Football. A sport. Chill

  3. compassrose

    Forget those stats they don’t show the real story. He has done some good stuff for the D. He has pushed his blocker back into the pocket numerous times. He has done a good job stuffing the run too. There are numerous little things he does to help the D. I think he will also have better stats when Reed comes back. The doper will take up a couple blockers and leave one on Clowney most of the time. Has anyone seen my glasses I can’t find them.

    • seth3120

      I do think opposing offensive lines are able to focus blocking schemes on Clowney. As the article states Seattle has little invested in its defensive line. Add a guy or two that can make a team pay for a double team you’d see a lot less of them

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