Jadeveon Clowney trade won’t be easy to pull off

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With Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney still holding out, but still likely to show up in time to get the first weekly installment of his unsigned (to date) franchise tender, some have suggested that Clowney could be traded. And he indeed could be. However, it would be hard to pull it off.

Anyone trading for Clowney would be getting his services for one year, with no ability to sign him to an extension until after the regular season ends. At that point, Clowney would have the leverage of a 20-percent raise over his 2019 salary, whether it’s $15.967 million or, if his grievance regarding his alleged status as a defensive end is successful, $17.128 million. That equates to either $19.16 million or $20.55 million for 2020, either of which becomes the starting point for negotiations on a long-term deal.

So what would a team, assuming it has the cap space to absorb Clowney’s contract, give up in order to get Clowney for one year? And what would the Texans want to part with the rights to Clowney for 2019 plus the ability to franchise-tag him in 2020, sign him to a long-term deal, or let him walk in free agency with a compensatory draft pick arriving in 2021?

Unless there’s a player who fits a specific need for Houston (e.g., tackle), it would be a draft-picks deal, and there likely won’t be a team that will offer enough in draft-pick compensation for a one-year rental, especially this close to the start of the season.

Indeed, if anyone wanted to trade for Clowney, they likely would have made the move before July 15, at which time Clowney could have been extended. The fact that, by all appearances, no one made an effort to trade for Clowney when he could have been signed to a long-term deal makes it far less likely that anyone would trade for him now, barring an injury or some other situation creating a need for Clowney that didn’t exist a month ago.

20 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney trade won’t be easy to pull off

  1. Players like this are not worth it. Let the malcontents go. Look at the nonsense AB is causing in Oakland. What we know Bell will pull in New Jersey. Zeke, Gordon, Williams, and all the others. Smart teams let these guys go because you just can’t/won’t win with them…

  2. And don’t even put TW in this scenario. Washington can squat on him as long as they want.

  3. Sitting out. Relaxing. Giving himself a good chance to pull something or tear something if and when he does come back. Hasn’t worked out well usually.

  4. So it’s pretty much a given Clowney will be a FA next year, which would almost certainly equate to a 3rd round compensatory. If someone offered a 2nd it would just be worth keeping him. He isn’t going anywhere, although Clowney for Trent Willams does make sense for both teams.

  5. The fact that, by all appearances, no one made an effort to trade for Clowney when he could have been signed to a long-term deal makes it far less likely that anyone would trade for him now, barring an injury or some other situation creating a need for Clowney that didn’t exist a month ago.

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    Or some other situation creating a need to get a close to equal return for a non reporting disgruntled All Pro Left Tackle already under contract. Under these circumstances Washington might be able to get an offensive player included in the trade. Washington also has 3 QBs and a potential Alex Smith return somewhere down the road. While Houston’s backup QB just suffered injury. How about

    Trent Williams
    Case Keenum

    for

    Jadeveon Clowney
    Matt Kalil

  6. I’m sorry, is Matt Kalil supposed to be attractive in any way? We played guys from witness protection program over him last year . . .

  7. Funny how when a guy wants what the market will bring, he’s considered a malcontent. He will get paid because Houston knows what they have. I would not be shocked if the Panthers try to trade to bring this dude home.

    He’s the best defensive player they have in Houston. There are 3 teams in the division that will take now. Half the teams will take him & the other half are clueless anyway. Clowney is special.

  8. Washington might be able to get an offensive player included in the trade. Washington also has 3 QBs and a potential Alex Smith return somewhere down the road. While Houston’s backup QB just suffered injury

    Alex Smith will be lucky if he walks without a noticeable limp. Down the road is where his career went after the injury.

  9. How about

    Trent Williams
    Case Keenum

    for

    Jadeveon Clowney
    Matt Kalil

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    As a Texan fan I’d love that deal… But there’s two problems…

    1.) Case keenum burned his Bridges when he left town.

    2.)Matt Kalil sucks which is why we’re still looking for a tackle.

  10. Or some other situation creating a need to get a close to equal return for a non reporting disgruntled All Pro Left Tackle already under contract. Under these circumstances Washington might be able to get an offensive player included in the trade. Washington also has 3 QBs and a potential Alex Smith return somewhere down the road. While Houston’s backup QB just suffered injury. How about

    Trent Williams
    Case Keenum

    for

    Jadeveon Clowney
    Matt Kalil

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    @sigbouncer this trade wouldn’t work, salaries don’t match up.

  11. Trent Williams makes sense if Houston has the cap space to take on the contract. Does it make sense for Washington?

  12. ricko1112 says:
    August 13, 2019 at 8:13 pm
    Players like this are not worth it. Let the malcontents go. Look at the nonsense AB is causing in Oakland. What we know Bell will pull in New Jersey. Zeke, Gordon, Williams, and all the others. Smart teams let these guys go because you just can’t/won’t win with them…

    Yep because all of those players are malcontent. They may be dissatisfied but asides from AB how many of them are actually causing trouble? Not showing up for practices that they most likely would just get injured in ( Clowney ) doesn’t really make them rebellious considering if they get injured they lose whatever bargaining advantage they may have. Sure, it is absolutely absurd for Clowney to think he deserves the contract Mack got or that he is even at his level, but can you really blame a person for trying to get the most money they can out of a sport that will most likely leave them crippled to some extent before the age of 40? If any of us had a chance to make more money at our jobs and knew that there was no way we were gonna end up being out of actual work because of it, we would do it, even if we had enough money to already be comfortable. All these commenters are so holier than thou

  13. If we were player away like him being the difference for a long playoff run or Super Bowl team then pull the trigger for a high price rental but he is not and better for Washington to give Williams new money to make him think long and hard about his position of holding out. His career like all other in the league are very finite

  14. I’ll be surprised if he’s on the Texans’ roster next year. Maybe they can get something for him but I doubt it. I wouldn’t even franchise him. He’s just not worth that much with his limited production and injury history. Probably the only reason they get any production from him is because of JJ Watt.

  15. Somehow Clowney will have to survive on only $1 million per game for this season. If he were smart, he would suck it up and report and have an outstanding season to set himself up for a big contract. The most likely scenario is that the Texans let him walk after the 2019 season for a third round compensatory pick and Clowney signs a huge deal with a loser team and plays out his career and never returns to the playoffs.

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