Earlier this offseason, the Houston Texans kept lineback Jadeveon Clowney off the free agent market by using the franchise tag. Although the tag is worth approximately $15.9 million, the defensive star still has not signed the tender. Clowney has been seeking a long-term deal for some time and is now making a statement by holding out. Due to this, Clowney reportedly will not be attending the Texans mandatory minicamp that begins Tuesday morning.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Clowney’s decision Monday afternoon.
Texans mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday, but as their unsigned franchise player, Jadeveon Clowney is not expected to attend.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 10, 2019
Clowney with the Texans
The Texans opened up the 2014 NFL Draft by selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick. Since then, Clowney has been a reliable pass rusher for the team.
Through his five seasons with Houston, the linebacker has collected 205 combined tackles along with 29 sacks. In addition, Clowney has been selected to the NFL Pro-Bowl for the past three seasons (2016-2018).
According to Pro Football Focus, Clowney tied as the ninth best edge defender in the NFL in 2018. The edge rusher he tied with was DeMarcus Lawrence, who was just signed to a contract extension earlier this year.
If the Texans cannot come to an agreement with Clowney, then the teams defensive front will be in predicament.
While Houston’s front seven still includes players such as JJ Watt and Whitney Mercilus, Clowney is only 26-years-old and continues to improve. Watt, now 30, has battled with injuries for the past several seasons. Similarly, Mercilus has dealt with injuries that have limited his playing time and is now 28-years-old.
Clowney is projected to take over as the Texans top pass rusher in the near future. The team needs to get a deal done soon in order for the linebacker to get back to work.
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