The Houston Texans are not expected to get a long-term deal done with linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. This is by Monday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline to sign players who have been franchised. The Texans also do not have any plans to trade him anytime soon. What does this mean for Clowney?
Clowney, who completed the final year of his rookie deal last season, has not signed his franchise tender. This is worth $15.967 million for the upcoming season. Sources close to Clowney suggest he hasn’t signed the tender because the Texans tagged him as a linebacker at $15.443 million. Even though they played him as a defensive end last season. Also, would have been eligible for a $17.128 million tender. Will Houston have a run into the playoffs?
Since NFL players get the higher amount between the tag value or 120 percent of the salary they made the previous season, Clowney is set to make an additional $524,000 this season. Does that seem enough? He made $13.306 million, including a $1 million bonus. This while playing on his fifth-year option in 2018.
Houstan Texans & Jadeveon Clowney Future
With Clowney and the Texans reportedly far apart on a new deal, the team is expecting him to miss some, if not all of training camp.
The 26-year-old, who was selected with the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, was plagued by injuries early in his career, missing 15 games in his first two seasons. Since then, he has been very durable and has missed a total of three games in the last three seasons, making the Pro Bowl in each of those years.
He finished the 2018 season with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He also had 16 tackles for loss.
In conclusion if both sides can’t agree to a deal by the time the regular season starts, there is a possibility that Clowney will sit out. This will be most if not all of the upcoming season. Also, try to force his way out of town like Le’Veon Bell did with the Pittsburgh Steelers. This when the Steelers used the franchise tag on him for two consecutive seasons.