Jadeveon Clowney says he wants to finish career with Texans

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Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is not under contract for 2019 and faces the possibility of becoming a free agent for the first time in his career.

The former No. 1 overall pick said his preference is to remain with the Texans for the entirety of his career.

“That’s very important because that makes me more confident knowing where you’re going to be,” Clowney said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “That’s very big for my family to know what’s going. As a football player, I love Houston. Of course, I want to be here for the rest of my career.”

The Texans could placed the franchise tag on Clowney in order to keep him tethered to their roster heading in 2019, though that would come at a cost of at least $15 million depending on if he’s considered a defensive end or linebacker by the league. Clowney was named to his third straight Pro Bowl after recording nine sacks this season for Houston.

“Of course, I want to come back,” Clowney said. “I promise to the Texans and whoever else is watching that I’m going to be a much better, improved player next season. I haven’t been thinking about a contract. If I come back and play well like I know I’m going to, contract will take care of itself. I’m going to work on my craft and work on my game. That’s what I’m worrying about.”

Talks between the two sides were characterized as “amicable” before the season began, though no long term deal ever came to fruition between the two parties. Clowney missed 12 games as a rookie and has dealt with a number of knee issues dating back to his time at South Carolina. However, he’s missed just three games in total of the last three seasons. He’s been able to become a reliable piece of Houston’s defense over that time, recording 24.5 sacks over that span.

10 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney says he wants to finish career with Texans

  1. Jadeveon Clowney is not under contract for 2019 and faces the possibility of becoming a free agent for the first time in his career.

    You do know he is on his rookie deal, right?

  2. Texans will prob extend but may have already had the best from him, in 2017. His body is going to age fast, injury predictors already have him over 50% for 2019. Such concerns are prob why Texans haven’t already made an otherwise no-brainer call. I wouldn’t offer a 5yr mega deal, make it 3yrs, and trade him for a great pick or more after the first two of those.

  3. @patsaredone – Texans already exercised their optional 5th year, in 2018, so if they don’t reach a deal he’ll currently become UFA for 2019.

  4. One of the best run stoppers in the game! They need to resign him. He’s one of the few bright spots on our defense. He does need to cut down on the costly penalties though!

  5. Yeah, he is also going to want $20M per year. That’s a lot for a guy who’s often injured and only plays 50% of the time, even when he’s on the field. He takes too many plays off. If he had the work ethic and motor of JJ Watt then I’d say he’s worth it. He doesn’t and he isn’t.

  6. 90% of what you read in the comments on Clowney is just false. I assume it goes back to him taking his last year of college off and getting injured earlier in his Texans career.

    For the record, he’s been healthy and dominant on defense the last 3 seasons. If Houston doesn’t sign him, he’ll get big money elsewhere and based on his performances, will deserve it.

  7. “For a #1 overall pick, an incredible disappointment. Never does anything of substance or in playoff games”


    I guess you didn’t watch what he did to your Pats when they squeaked by Osweiler?

  8. It’s easy to say get rid of him, but how does that usually turn out for the Texans? He shows up on a divisional rival’s roster and makes you pay for releasing him the hard way, that’s how.

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