Bill O’Brien: Jadeveon Clowney negotiations will be interesting

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The Texans ensured that linebacker Jadeveon Clowney wouldn’t leave the team as a free agent this year by using the franchise tag on him earlier this month, but his future with the franchise beyond 2019 remains unclear.

Clowney can sign a long-term deal with the Texans through July 15, although word earlier this year was that the Texans preferred to let this season play out before making that kind of commitment. The idea behind that approach would presumably be to see if Clowney remains healthy and productive, but head coach Bill O’Brien said on Tuesday from the league meetings in Arizona that the team plans to work toward an agreement this offseason.

O’Brien acknowledged that won’t be a simple process.

“It’ll be interesting,” O’Brien said, via the Houston Chronicle. “We try to do the best we can to represent our organization in the best way possible relative to each player.”

O’Brien said he hopes to see Clowney on April 15 when the team opens offseason workouts, but that seems unlikely unless contract talks take a big leap in the next couple of weeks.

6 responses to “Bill O’Brien: Jadeveon Clowney negotiations will be interesting

  1. If coaches answer these types of questions usually its with high optimism that the deal will get done. This doesn’t show that at all. I’d be a little worried if I was a Texan fan.

  2. Clowney will sit out, he’s that kind of guy. His work ethic has always been a question mark. For a guy with less than double digit sacks, he wants Mack and Darnold type money. He wants to be the highest paid defensive player in football. Bold for a guy that doesn’t play as well as Watt who is on the same team. He is NOT worth that kind of money. Heck with Watt getting doubled and chip blocked on every play on the opposite side, Clowney’s numbers should be through the roof. Sadly, they are not! Truth be told, all he is good at is stuffing the run…that’s it. His best play was when Watt wasn’t on the field and Mercilus was on the other side. I see them trading him.

  3. I don’t want him to go, but there are some good points made. Sometimes he looks like the greatest d lineman in the game, and then sometimes you forget he’s there. I want the guy to play every down like the scary good man he can be.

  4. I don’t blame Clowney at all. I don’t think it has to do with work ethic. The dude is probably going to have one good payday in his entire life before his knees explode. He has every incentive to try and squeeze every dollar out of it.

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