Will Texans rescind Jadeveon Clowney’s franchise tender?

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It was widely believed that Texans linebacker (or defensive end) Jadeveon Clowney would have signed his franchise tender by now. It is widely believed that the Texans won’t rescind Clowney’s franchise tender.

But they still could. Until Clowney accepts it, the franchise tender can be withdrawn. (It has happened at least three times before, with the Panthers doing it in 2016, removing the tender from cornerback Josh Norman.) If, as has been reported elsewhere, the Texans are willing to package Clowney with a first-round pick for Dolphins tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Texans may be sliding into desperation mode with Clowney. And the next question becomes, if they can’t move him for whatever they can get, whether the Texans would simply strip the tender, save $16 million to $17 million in cash and cap space, and move on.

It’s unclear, but unlikely, that the Texans would be eligible for a compensatory draft pick in 2020 if they remove the tender now, given that the compensatory draft pick formula shuts off in May. Still, the bigger issue here could be that the Texans simply want to move on from Clowney and his significant financial obligation for 2019.

While it would still be a surprise if the Texans do it, remember this: Former G.M. Brian Gaine wanted to sign Clowney to a long-term deal, and coach Bill O’Brien wanted to use the one-year tender. With Gaine gone and no one taking his place, it’s possible O’Brien has shifted from “I only want him for another year” to “I’d rather keep the cap space for next year.”

The Texans surely would exhaust any and all trade options for Clowney before ever releasing him. But with trade interest limited and with Clowney not signing the tender (which prevents a trade from happening), the Texans eventually could get sufficiently exasperated with Clowney that they cut him loose.

From Clowney’s perspective, it makes sense to consider whether he’d get a better deal on the open market if he suddenly becomes a free agent. Given his history of injuries and performances that have gone hot and cold from time to time, he may have a hard time getting more in 2019 than he currently would get by simply accepting what the Texans are offering.

9 responses to “Will Texans rescind Jadeveon Clowney’s franchise tender?

  1. While they cannot sign a long term deal once Clowney signs the tender does the CBA prohibit a conditional trade and contingent long term contract from another club? If not the Texans can simply enter into a conditional trade that triggers when they rescind the tag while the new team could enter into a long term contract with Clowney when and if the Texans rescind the tag. Complicated but it may be what is actually happening behind the scenes.

  2. He’s still got the talent to be one of the best, but it will ever be with the Texans, he obviously wants out. So much for that extra million they gave him last season.
    He could easily wind up going all pro with someone else, if they can get him motivated full time. And they’re wiling to pay through the nose for the privilege.
    Oh well, Tunsil sure isn’t worth Clowney and a 1 pick. If that’s the only offer, then you have to let him go.

  3. Its not just getting more money in 2019, its getting guarantees for the future….Houston screwed this up big time…They learned nothing from Pitt and Bell last yr….

  4. “They learned nothing from Pitt and Bell last yr….”

    Steelers did fine with Connor last year, seems unlikely Bell would have added anything and quite possibly taken away from there efforts with his tantrums and sulking.

    Meanwhile Bell is relegated to the Jets lol good luck with that

  5. Tunsil will block Clowney snap after snap. 0-1 sack given up last season. & it’s not just Tunsil & a 1st rnd pick. It’s an additional pick as well.

  6. It depends on if the Texans want him for the playoffs.
    With Luck retired they should probably win their division, even if the Jags win a few more games with Foles replacing Bortles. I’d want Clowney for the playoffs.

    If Clowney doesn’t play hard once he signs his tender then it will impact his getting a big contract.

  7. This would make no sense. Texans have one of the highest available cap spaces in the NFL. Why would they get rid of him for nothing if they don’t need to, and how are the Texans screwing this up? They’re out nothing if Clowney doesn’t show. He’s out $17m, plus a year’s eligibility. They can franchise him again next year too. I can almost guarantee a trade deal has already been made and he doesn’t like it. That’s why he hasn’t shown up yet, because as soon as he does he knows he’s gone. Either that or everyone’s in on him staying away until the deal is done. But it would make absolutely no sense to release him…that would be the Texans screwing it up.

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