Just a few hours before the first round of this year’s 2019 NFL Draft begins, there has been talks that one of the biggest names in football will likely be on the move.
Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the team’s #1 overall pick in 2014, has been part of offseason trade talks as him and the team aren’t close to negotiating a long-term contract as of present day. The teams interested in Clowney have not been disclosed.
Clowney has been franchise tagged by the team this offseason, but has yet to sign his tender.
Texans General Manager Brian Gaine has been optimistic that a new deal was going to be done, but the team and Clowney have made no progress on it. However, Gaine also said last week that getting Clowney a new contract was ‘still the plan.’
Texans GM Brian Gaine on using franchise tag on DE-OLB Jadeveon Clowney: 'Today we have placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, but our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract. This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so.'— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 4, 2019
If Clowney is to be traded, the fifth-year star linebacker could have a similar type of deal that now-Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark signed to a couple days prior.
Clark’s deal was for 5 years at $105.5 million extension as part of the trade. The deal includes $63 million in guaranteed money.
During his tenure in Houston, Clowney produced 29 career sacks and two defensive touchdowns. He was also ranked as the ninth-best pass rusher from the 2018 season by Pro Football Focus.