Report: Texans have spoken with five teams about Jadeveon Clowney

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The Houston Texans have engaged five different teams in discussions over a possible trade of franchise tag defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the most significant discussions have come with the Miami Dolphins. However, the Texans have also spoken with the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and New York Jets in regards to the standout pass rusher.

“Nothing has advanced” with any of the teams outside of Miami at this point. Additionally, any trade with Washington appears to be dead as they won’t part with left tackle Trent Williams. Clowney reportedly prefers the Eagles or Seahawks as possible destinations.

Clowney cannot be traded without first signing his franchise tag tender, which gives him leverage in the discussions as long as he’s willing to remain home and not report to the Texans. Additionally, Clowney doesn’t currently have an agent representing him after firing Bus Cook. Clowney has met with Dolphins head coach Brian Flores after the Texans gave the two sides permission to do so.

Getting all of the variables to come together in such a way that everyone can feel satisfied may be a tough ask. Even if a trade comes together, that team won’t be able to negotiate a new contract for Clowney until after the 2019 season with no guarantees Clowney will spend more than one season at his new destination.

54 responses to “Report: Texans have spoken with five teams about Jadeveon Clowney

  1. Sorry, but 29 sacks in 5 seasons does not make you a standout pass rusher. That averages out to a little over 5 sacks a year. 5 sacks, woop de doo. Houston was crazy to franchise him in the 1st place. That’s almost $16 million for the season. No way he sits out any games and misses $1 million per game. If another team wants to overpay him, let them.

  2. Just get it done already! Really as long as the Texans get a starter on the O-line (Hopefully left tackle) it will be a good trade. But that brings me to Seahawks, the Texans gave them their left tackle. I don’t think they want him back!

  3. Hawks should move on this. A second round pick Austin Calitro or maybe Lano Hill in the trade. He can do the ole Bruce Irvin role. Strong side LB and part time Leo sitting the Edge. He would thrive in seattle……dreams?

  4. So it boils down to where he’s willing to play a “prove it” year. Interesting.

    I wonder if he fired his agent because it’s just now sinking in that THERE’S LITERALLY NO WAY ANYONE CAN SIGN HIM to a long term deal. Perhaps- just a guess- whatever Houston offered long-term (which Clowney/agent rejected) is looking pretty good about now.

    There’s no promise any team can make him that means squat. He’s on a 1-year deal. All he has left is the ” yeah but with who?!”‘ part, and obviously his leverage is limited there. Alltogether badly played.

    His performance to date rates as good but not great. His draft status gives him this patina of greatness he hasn’t yet earned. He needs to have a really solid year this year; THEN he’ll be in the driver’s seat. He just needs to accept this reality and get to work. Guessing his agent told him this and it didn’t go well.

  5. Why should Mr.Clowney need permission to talk to the Miami Dolphins? He is a free agent and can talk to whoever he wants to. He can even sign an offer sheet with a team until after week 10.
    Texans don`t need to give permission.

  6. The Dolphins should not pursue Clowney unless they can negotiate a long term deal. No reason to pay 17 million for a 1 year contract when the team is going to go 3-13. If they can get Clowney signed to a long term contract and make him part of the future, which looks bright, he would be a great pick up.

  7. Texans have very little leverage in this situation and other teams know it. I think the final trade price will be shockingly low.

  8. These guys that think they make or break a team. just cut him and let him be someone else’s headache. He will never be a part of Houston’s team again. GREED…and Freaks don’t mix.

  9. “ standout pass rusher “ he averages 4.7 sacks a year over his 5 year career !

  10. Clowney has 29 sacks over 62 gms played. That’s about 8/full season. Pressures count too.There’s no question he’s a premium pass rusher. The question is if he’s worth the money withthe injury history

  11. Their comes a time when between Clowney and Elliot I’m beginning to start to not give a damn if they play of not.

  12. Redskins are dumb for not moving on Trent Williams. Clearly, he doesnt want to play for Washington. Why they wouldnt move him for a top pass-rusher at the same price point is beyond me.

  13. One dimensional player who is useless against the run and has a lengthy history of injuries and, at times, some effort issues. He’s not worth what he’s asking for.

  14. Texans have little leverage? They can sit his ass for two years if they want. They can tag him another season if they want. It’s in Clowney’s best interest to get over himself and get on the field and prove to the Texans and the entire league that he is worth the money. If he chooses to sit, he will bear the ‘ diva ‘ moniker from this day forward. No one will give him what he wants and no team will offer up a starting left tackle for him either. So it will remain a standstill and he will sit by his own will. We’ll see if he can sit for two seasons and still have a career afterwards. Texans have no leverage…please.

  15. Overrated. takes plays off, injured (some questionable)
    there are 50 D linemen with more sacks than him.

  16. eaglesfan290 says:
    August 29, 2019 at 7:46 am
    The Texans are the ones contacting teams as well, not the other way around so screams desperate.

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    Since they have no GM and O’Brien is making all of the decisions, is he having an unpaid intern handle this? If not, they should give the intern a try because this is a mess.

    Eagles have no room in their lineup to make him a starter which is unfortunate for Houston as the Eagles have best range of assets for a trade. The Eagles would probably do a trade for some draft picks but that doesn’t solve the Texans Clowney problem.

  17. I have been inspired by Clowney’s crafty negotiating. I am going to march into my bosses office and demand a promotion and tell him to call HR and have them cut me off of the payroll. I will wait at home until my promotion comes through. Thanks JD!

  18. tedmurph says:
    August 29, 2019 at 8:21 am
    Clowney has 29 sacks over 62 gms played. That’s about 8/full season. Pressures count too.There’s no question he’s a premium pass rusher. The question is if he’s worth the money withthe injury history
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    You are right. Sacks are not the whole stories – pressures count also. The Ravens are a good pass rusher away from having a truly elite defense this year. Clowney would be a nice fit (for the right price of course)

  19. From what I recall of the Nick Foles situation, isn’t a franchise tag sign and trade a violation of the CBA?

    I remember one of the writers here lawyerly stating it was a violation and shouldn’t be allowed to happen.

    Personally, I don’t care, but could Clowney file a grievance if he is traded to a team he doesn’t want to play for?

  20. he should drop the “ey” in his last name and just go by clown. hes already getting paid 15 million for 5 sacks a year. why on earth does he thinks he needs a raise.

  21. It worked for LeVeon Bell, it will work for Clowney.
    Just sit out a year and watch the offers come in the following year.

    (Bell wanted 18MM, and got 13.5MM instead from the Jets, which is less than the Steelers would have paid on the tag)

  22. Texans have little leverage? They can sit his ass for two years if they want. They can tag him another season if they want. It’s in Clowney’s best interest to get over himself and get on the field and prove to the Texans and the entire league that he is worth the money. If he chooses to sit, he will bear the ‘ diva ‘ moniker from this day forward. No one will give him what he wants and no team will offer up a starting left tackle for him either. So it will remain a standstill and he will sit by his own will. We’ll see if he can sit for two seasons and still have a career afterwards. Texans have no leverage…please.

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    The Texans can not afford to hold 17 million in cap space for 3 yrs without having any production on the field…they have a QB contract coming up soon, the problem is they didn’t allow him to seek a trade earlier, by waiting they essentially cut off a fair trade for him as no team is going to give up value for a one yr player without the guarantee that he will sign next yr…both sides are in a no win situation.

  23. Seattle needs pass rush in the worst way but a trade doesn’t make sense. Frank Clark was proven legitimate top tier rusher homegrown and they didnt want to pay him but they pay Clowney who will command the same type of contract and may not produce as much.

    Seattle is stacked in RBs and there are a few interior lineman they are going to cut that will be on rosters. Maybe I can get behind that but not draft picks.

  24. Clowney has gotten almost 10 sacks for the past 2 years, but other than the just the stats, he is very disruptive in the running game, getting in the backfield and being strong at the point of attack. Not all pass rushers are good against the run, and are a liability sometimes, not Clowney. He is only 26 and his projection is to become a even better player for the next couple years. He is a solid player, it’s big money that teams will have to pay, but pass rushers are a commodity in this league, especially ones that can defend against the run well.

  25. Is this surprising? I mean this pick had train wreck written all over from the start. ESPN overhyped this kid so much with the hit where they RB’s helmet flew off. For a year, you saw that play on every Sportscenter intro. The Texans were somehow goaded into drafting this guy. It’s like well we aren’t good, we going to take this guy for a highlight reel guy. This same guy that his college coach essentially called lazy and was “injured” all the time.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. The top 4 draft picks either were complete busts or pretty darn close. In my mind, this whole situation is basically reaping what they sowed.

  26. Looking at sack totals do not tell you everything about a pass rusher. He’s had 15+ TFL, 20+ QB hits, and has generated 58 or more pressures the last three seasons not an elite pass rusher? woof.

  27. Houston needs a running back, offensive line help and a receiver. No way Seattle parts ways with Penny, their offensive depth is thin, and they have young – un-proven receivers. I don’t see a deal involving Seattle. Hawks need a pass rusher in the worst way.

  28. Renting him for one season and paying him franchise tag salary while giving the Texans something seem like a very high price. Texans will likely receive a second round pick at best.

  29. Sorry, but 29 sacks in 5 seasons does not make you a standout pass rusher. That averages out to a little over 5 sacks a year. 5 sacks, woop de doo. Houston was crazy to franchise him in the 1st place. That’s almost $16 million for the season. No way he sits out any games and misses $1 million per game. If another team wants to overpay him, let them.

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    This is pretty misleading. The last 3 seasons when he has been healthy, he has averaged 15 games and 9 sacks. He may not be top tier but he’s a really good pass rusher

  30. Funny thing about Flores and the Dolphins. They offer a 2nd and a fifth for a back up qb then offer a rb coming off an injury and a overpaid wr for a pro bowl de.

  31. If he makes it up to Seattle maybe Pete can get him hooked up with some quality PED’s like the rest of that defense that outta help him stay on the field

  32. Not sure why any team would want to trade an asset for a malcontent. He certainly has freakish talent, but he thinks he is entitled to a mega contract he hasn’t really earned. All the power to him, but I hope my team stays away.

  33. No way he sits out any games and misses $1 million per game.

    I’d be willing to bet most of us said the same thing about Le’Veon Bell. However, we need to remember we’re talking about athletes. Their intelligence and sense of reality is quite different from those of us non-entitled non-athletes.

  34. eaglesfan290 says:
    August 29, 2019 at 7:46 am
    The Texans are the ones contacting teams as well, not the other way around so screams desperate.

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    Since they have no GM and O’Brien is making all of the decisions, is he having an unpaid intern handle this? If not, they should give the intern a try because this is a mess.

    Eagles have no room in their lineup to make him a starter which is unfortunate for Houston as the Eagles have best range of assets for a trade. The Eagles would probably do a trade for some draft picks but that doesn’t solve the Texans Clowney problem.
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    I don’t know about you but I’m good with what we have already, this is the deepest team we have had in years. Do we have players we could trade, yeah but no one I want to give up for Clowney. Right now I love the chemistry on this team everyone is pulling in the same direction. We are paying guys we develop and it feels like a family like all good teams do. In my mind this is how you develop culture it’s as much about fit as it is talent. We lost how many guys last year to injury? In terms of heart those guys last year have the hearts of Lions, they were playing 3rd and 4th string guys and still winning……not pretty but a win is a win. That is what I want in a team.

    The reality is Clowney hasn’t signed because Houston doesn’t want to sign him long term. I think it’s a huge red flag when a guy has that much talent and a team who drafted you doesn’t want you in it’s long term plans. I think he has a lot of talent but only puts out when he wants. I don’t want that at all. I will take a guy like Chris Long and Michael Bennett everyday over Clowney. They play 110% every snap and in Longs case you get the intangibles like leadership. These guys can say anything they want but players respect them and will follow them. Now don’t get me wrong I think he can play, but for a one year rental do I want to give up young talent, pay him 17 Mil, take on the injury risk, have him only put out 80%, and send a message to the rest of the team you are expendable.

    Nope, we got a lot better where we stopped using the dream team approach.

  35. The Texans really have lost most of their leverage. Teams can’t be expected to give up a premium draft pick without the ability to sign him long term immediately.

    Any non-contending team cannot give up anything substantial for him. As a Jet fan, I want no part of Clowney. They would have to trade a high pick, cut players or restructure contracts because they don’t have cap space to carry the franchise tag, and then worry about losing him at the end of they year. All to get them, possibly, to 10-6 at best.

    This is what happens when you aren’t the Patriots and you try to operate without a true GM.

  36. He wants a Super God-Like contract but he’s not that guy. What he is?…he’s a guy that has super talent that doesn’t live up to that talent. He’s a disappointment who doesn’t recognize that he’s not living up to what he could be or what he’s supposed to be. Yet he’s still got the big ego and he’s looking for the mega-contract.

  37. Michael Bennet…Chris Clemons…Cliff Avril…guys that had talent who blossomed under Carroll. Pete gets the most out of guys like Clowney. If Ziggy has a good season on a one year prove it…and Clowney on a one year prove it/possible new deal…that Seattle front seven would be really good with good depth at every position.

  38. I would think the Redskins would be more interested in obtaining draft picks if they decide to trade Trent Williams. It doesn’t make sense at all for them to trade Williams for what amounts to a one year rental player, Clowney isn’t allowed to sign a long term deal until the end of the season due to the CBA and the Franchise Tag rules. He isn’t a free agent, as at least one poster pondered, but he isn’t under contract either . . . so he isn’t holding out. His options are to either sign the Franchise Tag one year contract or not play, but having not signed the contract gives him leverage as to where he will land.

    I think Philadelphia should trade Agholor (slot receiver) and Vaitai (left tackle) for Clowney straight up . . . this solves two position problems for the Texans . . . improves the weakest position on the Eagles team

  39. Eagles will be sending a second, Big V and Cory Clement to Houston now that Shady was cut by the Bills. Clowney gets 16.5, Shady comes home, and Jenkins gets a reworked contract. Put a stamp on the offseason and put together highlight reels for me to watch for the next 3 decades.

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