Jadeveon Clowney says he didn’t want to leave Houston

Getty Images

Jadeveon Clowney is loving life now. He’s on a contender, and playing a key role, and still on the verge of a massive payday.

But the Seahawks defensive end said he’d have been just as happy in Houston this year, until he was told that wasn’t happening..

Clowney told Mike Silver of NFL Network that he wasn’t agitating for a move out of Houston this offseason, and that he’d have been fine staying there under the one-year franchise tender which he planned to sign just before the start of the regular season.

But he was equally clear that he didn’t want any part of a potential trade to the Dolphins, and that he felt blindsided when coach Bill O’Brien said he wasn’t in the plans for the future there.

“It was getting close to the time I said I’d come in, and all of a sudden [O’Brien] called me and said, ‘You need to come in and talk to us,'” Clowney said. “When I got there they’re talking about me signing the tender and going to the Dolphins. They said, ‘It’ll be good for you and good for us.’ I’m like, ‘Good for me? They’re gonna tank the season for a damn quarterback! Find me a team that can win, and I’ll sign the damn tender.’

“People say, ‘He was trying to leave.’ That’s a lie. I didn’t ask them to trade me. I didn’t even ask them to pay me any more. I just wanted to play one last year with my teammates. But hey, it’s part of the business. It was a business move, and I got the short end of the stick at the time. Now? It looks like I got the big end of the stick.”

The Seahawks were eager to give a third-round pick and a couple of spare parts to acquire him, even though he could end up being a rental. He’s part of a defense that has recovered from a massive overhaul, and has them in contention for the NFC West title and the top seed in the NFC playoffs.

21 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney says he didn’t want to leave Houston

  1. That’s a league violation of rules if it’s true…. supposedly the tag is just to resign and extend the player… They say you can’t have the tag in place with the intent on trading him

  2. Be REALLY funny if Tunsil resigned with Miami. Double funny if Clowney signed there too.

    The back of certain gas stations have the best Cuban sammiches. Different world but I personally love going there (no state income tax, either).

    I will disclose that I’ve never been to the Redneck Riviera. I can have fun anywhere, though. Everywhere has good people. 🙂

  3. I don’t know maybe he did get the big end of the stick, this year. Long term, maybe not so much. Wilson’s big contract will take up a considerable chunk of the cap, then if Clowney wants to (probably) be the highest paid defensive player he’ll be asking for what, like $19-20 million/year (whatever it is now)?

    Even though the cap goes up every year it doesn’t go up that much to warrant having 2 players making something like $40 million+ combined. Granted teams have salary cap people, but you’ll be constantly doing some: $$$ shuffling, with converting salary to bonuses, asking someone to take a pay cut, and then you’ll be constantly having guys on cheap rookie contracts that you can’t resign. And even if he leaves Seattle, he’ll want to play for a winner who will have a QB with a similar contract.

  4. I’ve seen this man live up to his potential for ONE game in his entire career.

    Have fun paying him huge money for his six sacks per year and his four game disappearing acts he goes through.

  5. I am sure the Texans are feeling better after Jacob Martin’s performance the other day. All Seahawk fans say the potential of him being a sack specialist speed rusher.

    I hope the Seahawks find a way to keep Clowney. He may not have the godly numbers but he is a force on the d-line

  6. Clowney has pretty much won by himself 2 games this season. If this ‘core’injury is manageable to where he can play majority of remaining reg season and playoff games…..The Seahawks have the ability to pay him whatever it takes. But if by chance the season ends hoisting a Lombardi….I’m afraid someone else will throw him a crazy Albert Haynsworth level deal and the Seahawks will just have to hug him, wish him the best, and bless his heart!

  7. andreboy1 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm
    I’ve seen this man live up to his potential for ONE game in his entire career.

    Have fun paying him huge money for his six sacks per year and his four game disappearing acts he goes through.
    ==================

    You’re either bitter or haven’t watched him then. Plain and simple.

  8. It was/is clear to anyone paying attention that O’Brien wanted Clowney off the team and regarded it – rightly or wrongly – as addition by subtraction. For example, there have been some subsequent comments about players adhering to the scheme, etc., that appear directed at Clowney. Clearly, the Texans could have handled it better and gotten more, and most Texans fans wish he were still here, but Clowney was going one way or another.

  9. With the Texans acquiring Tunsil and Stills anyway, they did just fine. They are in the lead in their division yet again, even without Clowney.

    Clowney clearly thought too much of himself and the Texans didn’t bite. They would rather give Watson and Hopkins the contracts they deserve instead.

    Clowney was NEVER lived up to his 1st round draft status, I repeat..NEVER. In fact, a lot of his amazing ” run stopping ” ability should’ve been credited to DJ Reader and the other D-linemen around Clowney.

  10. “backintheday99 says:
    December 3, 2019 at 2:22 pm

    Sounds sincere to me. Bad ROI by Houston.

    Houston’s trade to Miami was DUMB.

    Strike 1 and 2

    Who is their GM? Oh yeah…”

    Explain this one to me, because the way I see it Houston CLEARLY won that Miami trade.

    We had the worst offensive line last year and since Brown has been gone our LT has been GARBAGE! Now we have one of the best young LT’s in the game to protect Watson blindside. Those draft picks that we traded are on the field contributing now as we are trying to make the playoffs! Your telling that you would rather two 1st rounders in the mid 20’s that Tunsil? Pfffttt.. crazy! And we also got Kenny Stills who has fit in PERFECTLY. Especially considering Will Fuller has missed 4 games this year already because he is hurt every season.

    AND both of these guys are still under contract for next season.

    I know everybody loves to make fun of O’Brien, but he has been very aggressive as GM and that’s what we’ve needed! Every year we are always so conservative in Free Agency and trade market.

    AND we don’t have to extend Clowney to that 100+ million he really doesn’t deserve.. He’s had what?? 2-3 good games this year? That sounds about right.. and I am a big Clowney fan.

    We are 8-4 when so many sports experts expected us to be amongst the worst in the league this year!

    So again, please tell me how these moves were dumb? Stop hating!

  11. Sweet_UserName says:
    December 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    I don’t know maybe he did get the big end of the stick, this year. Long term, maybe not so much. Wilson’s big contract will take up a considerable chunk of the cap, then if Clowney wants to (probably) be the highest paid defensive player he’ll be asking for what, like $19-20 million/year (whatever it is now)?

    Even though the cap goes up every year it doesn’t go up that much to warrant having 2 players making something like $40 million+ combined. Granted teams have salary cap people, but you’ll be constantly doing some: $$$ shuffling, with converting salary to bonuses, asking someone to take a pay cut, and then you’ll be constantly having guys on cheap rookie contracts that you can’t resign. And even if he leaves Seattle, he’ll want to play for a winner who will have a QB with a similar contract
    ===============

    2020 Hawks have 10th most salary cap space at $66 Million – remember Wilson’s contract is already included

  12. It was/is clear to anyone paying attention that O’Brien wanted Clowney off the team and regarded it – rightly or wrongly – as addition by subtraction. For example, there have been some subsequent comments about players adhering to the scheme, etc., that appear directed at Clowney.
    ————————

    Clowney is a 4-3 DE…always has been. That is what he is good at and why he was so dominating in college. His play in a 4-3 defense is why anyone knows who he is.

    So Houston decides to draft him and shove him in a 3-4 defense and then wonders why he isn’t living up to his reputation? How about you don’t make him do something he isn’t already great at. Why would you do that?

    Meanwhile, Pete Carroll puts guys in a position to succeed and use their specific skillset to be great…

    Imagine trying to insist that Houston clearly won this trade. Clowney dominated the Niners on Monday Night Football in front of everyone. They all saw it. No more undefeated teams thanks to Clowney.

    As a Seahawks fan I was happy to see Martin playing well the other day. I always liked him and wish him well….but he is no Jadeveon Clowney.

    He has a huge impact on the game and I hope the Seahawks re-sign him but I think it’s also interesting that he doesn’t get the sack numbers that might dictate that top-tier contract. I’m hoping for a more friendly contract for everybody involved knowing they want to win Super Bowls.

    We shall see but this year has been awesome already. 10-2

  13. The biggest mistake they’ve ever made. I’ve watched him from day 1 here in Houston nobody ever blocked him. The Texans tagged him and didn’t have to trade him.The Texans just didnt want him. They should have kept Clowney

  14. The mind boggled at the potential of Watt and Clowney playing together, really a shame that it never really materialized like that. Glad Clowney has started a good 2nd act, and as a Seahawks fan, I like him talking up the organization and making it more attractive for future free agents.

    Incidentally, washington is a state with no income tax too.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!