Seahawks, Texans first talked Jadeveon Clowney trade before draft

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The trade sending Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks became official on Sunday, but the genesis of the deal actually happened much earlier.

Seahawks General Manager John Schneider told Albert Breer of SI.com that he first spoke to the Texans about a trade before the draft, but the pending extensions for Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner left the team with other priorities. Schneider said that Clowney’s resistance to a deal with the Dolphins helped spark the round of talks that led to a deal this weekend because he liked that Clowney wanted to go to a team with a chance of contending this year.

One of the first inklings that a deal might happen was a tweet from Seahawks left tackle Duane Brown, who played with Clowney in Houston before his own bombshell move to Seattle. Brown’s googly eyes weren’t the only way he factored into the deal. Schneider said that he spoke to Brown about Clowney and that the veteran’s positive review combined with Clowney’s ability helped push it over the finish line.

“He can do whatever he wants to do when he wants to do it,” Schneider said. “That’s what sticks out — he can do whatever he wants to do whenever he wants to do it. He’s a freak athletically.”

Clowney could be gone after the season, but the price the Seahawks had to pay — a third-round pick, two players and a little more than half Clowney’s salary — made that a reasonable risk to Schneider because “you never feel like you have enough pass rushers” in a push to make it back to the postseason.

6 responses to “Seahawks, Texans first talked Jadeveon Clowney trade before draft

  1. The Bill O’Brien clown school of being a GM is open.

    They would have gotten similar compensation (without paying 7 mill) if they just would’ve rescinded the franchise tag.

    They also could’ve had Clowney play for them this year, let him walk after, and still received a 3rd but because O’brien wanted him off the team, they PAID someone else to take a pro bowl DE on a rookie contract off their hands.

    Most of the posters on this board would be a better GM than O’Brien but that’s not a high bar to clear.

  2. No he can’t do whatever he wants to do whenever he wants to do it. Never heard anything so stupid in my life. Why hasn’t he got the sack record then? He’s just tall, fast, lazy and overated.

  3. Texans made a big mistake hiring their current head coach, who wanted Clown, and who wanted Brock Osweiler. Then he couldn’t wait to get rid of both of them, paying hefty prices to do so in both cases.

  4. “He can do whatever he wants to do when he wants to do it,”

    The only problem is he doesn’t want to do it. Why play hard when you can sit on the bench injured and make the same amount of money? He should have put up much bigger numbers when you consider he was playing with JJ Watt, who was always getting double-teamed. Never seen so much hype for a guy based on one tackle. Remember all that talk about how he could be better than Bruce Smith? Yeah, forget about that. He’ll be lucky if he’s ever the best DL on any team.

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