Report: NFLPA expected to file grievance over value of Jadeveon Clowney’s tag

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Jadeveon Clowney didn’t agree to a deal with the Texans before the 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year pacts with their teams, so he’s set to play out the season under the terms of the tag.

Clowney’s expected to take some time before reporting to the Texans and that wait may allow for a resolution over a dispute over his salary for the coming season. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the NFLPA is expected to file a grievance over the value of Clowney’s tag.

Clowney was listed as a defensive end/outside linebacker by the Texans when they tagged him. The tag for linebackers this year carries a $15.443 million salary, but the least Clowney could make this year is $15.967 million because it is 120 percent more than his salary from the 2018 season.

This year’s tag for defensive ends is $17.128 million and Clowney played more snaps with his hand on the ground as a defensive end than as a linebacker last season. There is no defensive end/outside linebacker category, so it’s easy to see why Clowney would prefer to see that figure as his salary.

The CBA calls for franchise-tagged players to be paid the average of the five largest salaries at the position “at which the Franchise Player participated in the most plays” during the previous year.

Clowney got a $1 million bonus late last year after a dispute about being paid as a linebacker under the terms of the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. While with the Ravens in 2008, Terrell Suggs came to a settlement to increase his compensation to a figure between the two positions after objecting to Baltimore listing him as a linebacker.

11 responses to “Report: NFLPA expected to file grievance over value of Jadeveon Clowney’s tag

  1. “Clowney played more snaps with his hand on the ground as a defensive end than as a linebacker last season.”
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    It wasn’t just “more” it was “basically all.” The tally was 729 snaps at DE versus 33 at LB. DeShaun Watson better not run even a single quick kick or the Texans will franchise him as a punter.

  2. I will pay him $17 million as long as I get a $1 million refund for every game he misses

  3. I don’t really have any faith in Clowney but they have a point. I’m not sure how they can think they can get by with this. Still, I’m not going to shed any tears for Mr. Clowney. ~$16M is a pretty good consolation prize.

  4. It’s dishonest. His teammates and fellow union brothers should refuse to sign contracts until this made right and the they should make the tean pay a price for pulling that bs in the first place.

  5. @ mogogo1

    Source for those numbers? I read it borke down to approximately 60/40. And watching probably 95% of the plays I can confirm your numbers are completely inaccurate.

  6. “Source for those numbers? I read it borke down to approximately 60/40. And watching probably 95% of the plays I can confirm your numbers are completely inaccurate.”
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    Take it up with Deadspin.

  7. Betting you mistook rushing the passer and dropping back in coverage. Clowney would rush from anywhere including up A gaps and from the same side as Watt with Watt playing the end. Only person to blame the OLB tag is the league. Perhaps an edge rusher franchise tag title needs to be discussed in the next cba.

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