Jadeveon Clowney Rumors: Texans LB Willing to Hold out into Regular Season

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 23: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans walks on the field prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Texans 32-30. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is reportedly prepared to sit out into the regular season as he looks to sort out his future with the team. 

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported Clowney has told "several people" he's willing to sit out games—forfeiting around $1 million per week—to ensure he winds up in the right situation this season. Garafolo categorized the Pro Bowler as "hurt" that the Texans have entertained trading him.

Clowney will play under the franchise tag in 2019, regardless of where he spends the season. However, he's hesitant to sign the tag because that would give Houston the right to trade him to any NFL franchise.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reported if he does get traded, Clowney wants to play for a Super Bowl contender like the Philadelphia Eagles or Seattle Seahawks.

"Until he decides to come in and sign the tender, really the ball's in his court relative to playing for the Texans and all those things, just like it's been since the beginning of training camp. He's a franchise player and so until he comes and signs the tender, really there's nothing really else to talk about," Texans coach Bill O'Brien told reporters.

Clowney recently fired agent Bus Cook over displeasure with how his future is being handled. A Pro Bowler each of the last three seasons, Clowney recorded 47 tackles and nine sacks in 2018 while flashing versatility as a pass rusher off the edge. He has split time at defensive end and linebacker throughout his career after dominating at South Carolina as a defensive end.

Because he's not under contract, the Texans have no recourse to punish Clowney. Holding out is essentially the only power play Clowney has left because once he signs his deal, he's subject to the whims of the team.

It appears it's best for all parties to find a trade partner Clowney will willingly play for in 2019 and move on.