Source: Brian Gaine, Bill O’Brien disagreed on signing Jadeveon Clowney to long-term deal

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The Texans reportedly won’t be signing linebacker Jadeveon Clowney to a long-term deal before Monday’s deadline for agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract with franchise tagged players. And there’s a good reason for that.

Per a league source, former G.M. Brian Gaine and current head coach Bill O’Brien disagreed on whether to make a long-term commitment to the first overall pick in the 2014 draft. With Gaine now gone, O’Brien’s preferred approach prevails.

The first player selected during O’Brien’s tenure in Houston (yes, it really has been that long), Clowney has completed his four-year rookie deal and his fifth-year option. The Texans have chosen to keep him for one more year under the franchise tag, at a tender of $15.967 million.

Next year, if the Texans tag Clowney again, his one-year salary will increase by 20 percent, to $19.16 million. Absent a long-term deal or a second tag, Clowney will become a free agent.

For now, Clowney remains caught in the downside to the rookie wage scale. Adopted in order to prevent high-profile busts from receiving money they never earn, the system that arrived in 2011 also allows teams to squat on high-level picks who pan out, keeping their major payday away from them for six or seven years.

Regardless, that’s the rule — and O’Brien wanted to proceed this way. With no G.M. in place, O’Brien clearly is calling the shots on this one.

31 responses to “Source: Brian Gaine, Bill O’Brien disagreed on signing Jadeveon Clowney to long-term deal

  1. Yes, O’Brien is already making his mark. It’s not necessarily a good one to make.

    I really do believe he has control issues, and that his power plays now will come back to haunt him and the Texans over the coming few years.

  2. the system that arrived in 2011 also allows teams to squat on high-level picks who pan out, keeping their major payday away from them for six or seven years.

    I’d say $15 million for one season, or $35 million for two is pretty comparable to the major payday of a long term contract. Actually better if you land a long term contract after two years with an enormous salary.

  3. I wouldn’t hold out if I were Clowney…I’d make it known in the media that I was gonna put in my remaining time with the Texans, but preserve my body for a team that was willing to invest in my future.

  4. When will all these loser Bilicheck want-to-be’s stop this crap. O’Brien has a 42-38 record and a losing record in the playoffs. He doesn’t have near the juice Bill B has, and now has his second GM canned. What a clown. He’ll be run out of Houston half way through the season. All this said, he still made Vance Joseph look like a complete moron last season.

  5. O’Brien and a team chaplain running the show down there now. What’s the worst that could happen?

  6. Poor Clowney only getting paid $16 million.

    My heart bleeds for him.

    Guess he will have to tighten his belt a bit.

  7. Do you guys always try to promote the thought that owners are wrong and the players deserve more? He is going to make 16 million dollars for one yr of football. Hardly a bad year of work.

  8. The first question is, did Nick Caserio want to sign Clowney to the franchise tag? The second question is did O’Brien know what Caserio wanted to do with Clowney. I’ve a feeling the answer is yes to both.

  9. Oh, boo hoo! Poor Clowney is being squatted on. At a salary that Spotrac estimates is his market value, in annualized terms. After this year, he will have earned $51 million during his career. He’s hardly suffering.

    And barring a catastrophic injury, which rarely occurs, he’s still in line for a $100 million contract.

    I know you see injustice everywhere in the world, but this ain’t one of them.

  10. O’Brien IS the GM, at least in this key regard. And right; Clowney’s fine but not for elite pay.

  11. A lot of people are torn on Clowney, he is a good to very good player, not a superstar.

    However the people saying he should be happy with the one year aren’t using much long term vision. Of course 16M is a lot of money. However, like anyone who works in this world, most everyone wants long term security. If you were a great computer programmer who made 100k a year, you probably wouldn’t be happy if you got 200k one year, but possibly nothing afte- or got sick and injured and couldn’t work anymore.

    I know it is a massive amount of money, but that is what is paid in his field.

  12. Clowney has no choice but to protect and preserve his body above all else this season.

  13. Is it cool to think this is the right decision AND that O’Brien is a clown who will never win anything as a HC? Because that’s how I see it.

  14. With the talent he’s had to work with, O’Brien should have had more success than he has had to date. Not impressed.

  15. “keeping their major payday away from them for six or seven years.”

    How is almost 16 million dollars not a “major payday” SMH. He’s set for life from a single year of work as long as he’s careful with the money.

  16. Disagreeing about Clowney may have been one issue. But I’m betting that stinker of a draft these guys put together is what really got Gaine fired. Someone’s gotta take the blame.

  17. @cheapseater says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:54 pm
    I wouldn’t hold out if I were Clowney…I’d make it known in the media that I was gonna put in my remaining time with the Texans, but preserve my body for a team that was willing to invest in my future.
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    He’s been preserving his body since he arrived in Houston. Guaranteed to miss 6 games or more this season.

  18. well based on what Mack got paid by holding out while still under contract, and add what LeVeon Bell did under the tag, there is no reason at all for Clowney to show up…At leat for half the season….It’s a two way street….pay and play.

  19. A one year deal for a player with bad knees, even at the tag rate, is just good business by the Texans. If I were Clowney, I’d for sure be seeking a longer term deal with guaranteed money for the very reason the Texans are hedging their bets.

  20. tylawspick6 says:
    July 9, 2019 at 10:44 pm
    good move

    clowney is essentially a bust
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    When you don’t know what bust means so you throw the word around.

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