Jadeveon Clowney Trade Rumors: Eagles, Jets, Seahawks, More Contacted by Texans

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorAugust 29, 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 outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney's stint with the team that drafted him first overall in 2014 appears to be nearing its end.  

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans have contacted the Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and New York Jets about trading him.

The Texans placed a $15.967 million franchise tender on Clowney earlier this summer and had the opportunity to work out a long-term deal ahead of a July 15 deadline. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the two sides could not come to an agreement, meaning Clowney can only play for Houston on the franchise tender.

The 26-year-old has not put pen to paper on the tender or reported to the team this preseason. On Aug. 13, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said he'd "be surprised if Jadeveon Clowney isn't traded."

Per Wilson, the Texans cannot trade Clowney until he signs the franchise tender.

The outside linebacker has amassed 18.5 sacks, 42 quarterback hits and 106 tackles in 31 games over the past two seasons. 

"According to Pro Football Focus, Clowney had the best season of his career 'by far' in 2018," Sarah Barshop of ESPN wrote. "His overall grade of 89.5 was tied for seventh best among edge defenders. He had 28 run stops on 283 run-defense snaps, the 10th-best run-stop percentage at his position."

The three-time Pro Bowler played an instrumental part in the Texans' 2018 finish as the seventh-most-efficient defense (and top run defense), according to Football Outsiders.

But all signs are pointing to Clowney, who recently fired his agent, Bus Cook, playing elsewhere. Wilson provided more information:

"Clowney is not in a rush to sign his tender or hire a new agent. He is being pursued by several of the top agents in the industry. Clowney is open to the prospect of not signing an agent at this time and representing himself. Clowney is upset that the Texans placed him on the trading block. And Clowney is even willing to not sign his tender and miss regular-season games, at a cost of a $939,235 game check per week."

Wilson reported the Miami Dolphins "are regarded widely in NFL circles as a frontrunner to land Clowney," but he also noted the linebacker's concern about the team's competitive state. Miami is coming off a 7-9 season and appears to be in the midst of a significant rebuild.

He further wrote Washington is a "no-go at this time" but that the Seahawks and Eagles are two of Clowney's "preferred teams."

Seattle and Philadelphia are both coming off playoff seasons and are in line to contend again this year. They also could use some pass-rushing help.

The Seahawks lost leading sacker Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason. The Eagles finished just 26th in adjusted sack rate, per Football Outsiders. As Wilson wrote, both have assets (draft picks and players) to make a deal with the Texans.

Houston opens its 2019 season on Monday, Sept. 9 against the New Orleans Saints.

As Barshop noted, Brennan Scarlett appears likely to take Clowney's place should he not report. Houston signed Scarlett, 26, to a one-year contract extension on Wednesday. The ex-Stanford Cardinal had 18 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 12 games as a backup and special teamer in 2018.

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