Report: Texans open to trading Jadeveon Clowney

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The Seahawks traded defensive end Frank Clark after franchise tagging him this week and another team may be exploring the possibility of dealing a defensive player with a tag.

Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Thursday that the Texans are open to trading linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney has not signed his tender yet and a report earlier this month indicated the two sides are not close in talks regarding a long-term deal.

While that may be the case, Texans General Manager Brian Gaine said last week that getting Clowney signed to a new deal is “still the plan” in Houston. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported on Thursday that Clowney is “not going anywhere.”

Clowney was the first overall pick in 2015 and has produced 18.5 sacks for the Texans over the last two seasons.

30 responses to “Report: Texans open to trading Jadeveon Clowney

  1. No one, outside of the Jets with cap space, is dumb enough to unload a high draft pick and pay this mediocre player.

    Teams are so dumb backing themselves into corners like this.

    You have an aging Watt and Clowney with leverage and a QB who could have a career ending moment at any time, and this is what you have.

  2. Previously, this would have meant Colts on Line #1.

    But Ballard is more conservative. He’d be interested, but only at the right price. I’m good with that.

  3. Unfortunately the difference between very good and great players is substantial on the field. But today the very good players want to be paid like great players and some teams are smart enough to realize this and some are not. All of you out there know which category your team falls into…

  4. Clowney is above average at best. We all know Watt can’t play at the level of 5 years ago…he’s about average with major hype and an occasional few great games. Houston’s window of opportunity is almost closed until they revamp the defense…and assuming Watson stays healthy.

    With that said, I’d give up a 3rd this year, and 5th next…which could improve to another 3rd if Clowney is All Pro.

  5. tunesguy says:
    April 25, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    26 years old is worthy of the “aging” descriptor?!?

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    Watt. Watt is aging and breaking down. He and Watt play as DES on their line. If they trade him off, which should have been done 2 years ago, they’re going to have a broken down older DE and a wasted #1 overall pick.

    They will also probably command too much in return based on what Clowney’s likely outlandish contract demands are in a heavy DL draft.

    Get it?

    Their entire team could be be blown up overnight due to poor drafting, management and salary allocation.

    They should have quietly dealt Clowney for a 2nd rder before his rookie deal expired. The guy is not that good.

  6. Clowney never should have had to play his 3rd year at South Carolina. People think they know what is best for others just do harm to those who truly are great. Maybe he would have still got injured but at least he would have been paid doing so.

  7. So the Texans want other teams to pay for their poor scouting / drafting. It boggles me when a team misses on a draft pick and then try to bait other teams with their bust.

  8. rohanz2000 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 2:12 pm
    Houston will not get much for this trade if there is one. He will hit FA and the market will speak

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    Hence their best move is to let him play it out and let him walk. At best, he’s probably worth only a 4th rd pick to a team with a lot of cap space.

  9. Texans won’t let him go for less than a first – maybe a second if they’ve really soured on him (and if they’ve soured, they’re hiding it well).
    Since Nobody will trade a first for him, he’ll stay put.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    April 25, 2019 at 2:05 pm


    Watt. Watt is aging and breaking down. He and Watt play as DES on their line. If they trade him off, which should have been done 2 years ago, they’re going to have a broken down older DE and a wasted #1 overall pick.


    Clowney actually plays more at OLB than DE.

  11. Clowney wants more than what he is worth, it’s that simple. The Texans will not pay him what he wants. Their best bet is to trade him.

    Under the tag, if he hits the market and signs elsewhere, the Texans get 2 first round draft picks out of it.

    They will attempt to trade him and move up in the draft to get their LT.

    Watt has come back from his injuries miraculously and played near his best, he will be getting his final contract soon and it won’t be a small amount. They also have Watson, who will need his first big contract coming up. They cannot afford to sign Clowney to the contract he wants.

    Clowney’s stats are outstanding, the only thing he lacks his double digit sacks. That is why he will not get Darnold or Mack type money anywhere. Unless of course some jabroni team like the Bills do what they did with Mario Williams years ago. I betcha Clowney is banking on that happening for him as well.

    Clowney is an excellent run stopper and does a lot more on the field than his number suggest. He is a disruptive player that breaks up plays and gives offensive coordinators hell. Basically because the Texans have Watt to contend with as well.

    I think the Texans MAY attempt to trade Clowney and move up in this years draft to get their lineman they desperately need to protect Watson ( swap picks ) and pick up a second rounder next year or something along those lines.

    They have ( 2 ) back to back picks in the 22nd to pick up another lineman and a CB with. I wouldn’t sleep on a WR or RB either.

  12. He’s never been as good as he was advertised to be coming out of college. In college he hit a guys so hard his helmet flew off. Did you ever see that hit?

  13. “alonestartexan says:
    April 25, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Clowney actually plays more at OLB than DE.”


    Nope. 504 snaps at DE / 361 at LB in 2018. It’s the reason the Texans gave him a million over the grievance.

  14. texans should have put this out there long ago, like when free agency opened up ago, when teams were getting psyched to open up check books and write those eight to ten figure checks. dropping this in every ones lap a few hours before the draft starts wasn’t the smartest way to go about maximizing ones return.

  15. I don’t get all the haters saying Houston won’t get anything. With the haul that the ‘Hawks got for Frank Clark, there is a haul to get.

    And, since the Hawks got such a haul, it is smart to at least see what people will do for Clowney. The problem for the Texans is that it is way late in the game and teams are more focused on who they can draft and not as much on who they can trade for.

  16. IM baffled at all the peoples thumbs down on comments saying Clowney isn’t worth big money. The man had 1 good hit in college and has been average in the nfl as a pass rusher and bellow average as a run stopper. It must be morons voting him into the pro-bowls because his play on the field didn’t warrant it.

  17. He may only be 26, and may be a decent player; however, his knees are 50 years old each, thus making a long term contract with a lot of guaranteed money very risky.

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