Report: Jadeveon Clowney might not get extension before the season

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After the Texans signed Benardrick McKinney to a five-year, $50 million extension last week, it was presumed Jadeveon Clowney was next in line. The fifth-year linebacker still might be, but it might not be this season, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, will make $12.3 million this year under the fifth-year option.

He still has to show he can stay healthy for the Texans to commit to him long term. Last season was the first that Clowney played all 16 games, but he spent the offseason program rehabbing a knee injury after arthroscopic surgery in January.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he expected Clowney to be on the field at the start of training camp July 26. That gives the Texans only a six-week window to get an extension completed, and the sides have had no substantive negotiations, per McClain.

Texans General Manager Brian Gaine’s philosophy is not to negotiate during the season.

That doesn’t mean Clowney will become a free agent in March. The Texans are expected to use the franchise tag on him if they can’t come to terms before that.

But Clowney’s price tag will go up with a big season. He had 9.5 sacks, 21 quarterback hits and 21 tackles for loss last season without J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus over the final 11 games.

Bigger numbers this season will equal a bigger pay day for Clowney.

28 responses to “Report: Jadeveon Clowney might not get extension before the season

  1. Umm… not to throw salt in the wound of Texans fans, but when was the last time watt played a full season, maybe the year of his extension. ND, They have the power to be the best defense if they could put it together on defense this year.

  2. .
    always injured.
    JJ Watt was getting double and triple teamed so Clowneys numbers should have been thru the roof. yet they were not even remotely good.

  3. Texans need to decide whether they want him or not…..if so, sign him or be prepared to lose him in the market because there is always one idiot willing to overpay…if not let it play out

  4. The injury history concerns are warranted, but the guy who said he wasn’t very good is just flat out incorrect. His numbers were actually decent, but they should have been much higher because he was the only player left in their front seven who could get constant pressure-so he was double and triple teamed after Mercilus and Watt went down. If you watch the tape from the last season, you will see Clowney being disruptive on every play. If you don’t want to spend time doing that, just watch tape of the Texans’ loss at New England. New England was committing several linemen and/or a running back every play-especially towards the end-just to try and stop him. Clowney still ended up getting pressure on many plays.

    I mean, we can knock on his production all we like, but to say that he does not affect an offense’s gameplan is just plain wrong on every level.

  5. Scary good defense if all remain healthy. Front load his contract as much as possible to work with the rookie deal of Watson and then use the extra space to fill needs down the line.

  6. If anyone deserves to be forced to play under the franchise tag for a year or two rather than get a long-term rich extension it’s him. Whatever his production is on the field, it would be crazy to tie up a long-term dollars to a guy who has had such a hard time staying healthy

  7. He’s not worth an extension and the Texans know it. In the NFL, you pay for production, not upside. 20 sacks in 4 years as the #1 overall pick is terrible. He’s lucky they picked up his 5th year option, noting he only had 10.5 career sacks after 3 seasons. With Clowney’s injury history, I’d roll the dice and see if he stays healthy this year.

  8. bspurloc says:
    June 18, 2018 at 7:35 pm
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    always injured.
    JJ Watt was getting double and triple teamed so Clowneys numbers should have been thru the roof. yet they were not even remotely good.
    _________________

    Who cares about numbers? Clowney stepped up big time when Watt went down.

  9. JJ Watt has been hurt every since he signed for $100,000,000.00
    But when you are in the “Good Ol’ Boys Club”; membership really
    has it’s privileges! Clowney has been the ANCHOR of this defense
    since JJ has gone down. Pay Him! If not; somebody else will!

  10. The Houston Texans are led by a RACIST OWNER!
    Face It! Bob McNair is a SLAVE OWNER!

  11. Robert Harlan says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    The Houston Texans are led by a RACIST OWNER!
    Face It! Bob McNair is a SLAVE OWNER!

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    Last I checked, slaves weren’t paid $12.5m for 6 months of work and couldn’t ask for a salary renegotiation. Referring to anything multimillionaire athletes are told to do by coaches or team owners as “Slavery” in any way, shape, or form is just flat out stupid. Open a book and find out what actual slavery was.

  12. So Benardrick McKinney gets drafted a year after Clowney…and gets the extension first?…This has to be the number one example of how players drafted in the first round got screwed by the team friendly 5th year option…This ish ain’t right!!!

    Which position would you rather be in? NFL players only get so many contracts…I’d bet my red money, McKinney sees a 3rd contract before Clowney!!!

  13. Robert Harlan says:
    June 19, 2018 at 2:19 pm
    The Houston Texans are led by a RACIST OWNER!
    Face It! Bob McNair is a SLAVE OWNER!

    ————
    This may be the most idiotic post I have read here in months

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