The NFLPA has filed a grievance on behalf of the Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney after the deadline to extend a contract to franchise-tagged players had passed. The claim stems from an ongoing dispute since the start of the off-season on the exact position that Clowney plays, either defensive end or outside linebacker. The Texans and the NFL label Clowney as a defensive end and outside linebacker which results in a $1.698 lower salary than the defensive end tag would give him.
During the 2018 season, Clowney played 59.3% of his defensive snaps at defensive end. Despite those numbers, the NFL designated him at a lower rate of pay with his DE/OLB designation after the franchise tag designation was placed on him at the start of the off-season.
Before the 2018 season when the Texans picked up Clowney's 5th-year option, there was a dispute on his position which caused disagreement and a discprenecy in his pay for the season. The difference was eventually settled with the Texans paying out an extra $1 million to resolve the dispute.
The grievance has been an ongoing issue and will be something to monitor as the Texans head to the regular season without Clowney under contract.
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