The Houston Texans have let the deadline pass on extending franchise-tagged players, and outside linebacker/defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has been left without a new contract for the 2019 season. Clowney is the only franchised tagged player of six this past off-season to not land a new deal.
As the first draft selection of the Bill O’Brien era in Houston, Clowney has dealt with a knee injury (microfracture) from which many players do not return. Clowney proved doubters wrong coming back from his knee injury to garner All-Pro and Pro Bowl selections as one of the team’s top defenders.
In 2018, Clowney fell short of a personal goal, trying to achieve double-digit sacks finally but he did not disappoint in other areas of his game. Posting 16 tackles for loss, ranking him ninth-best in the NFL, plus his 53 tackles for loss since the 2016 season rank him third in that time only behind the Rams Aaron Donald (57) and the Cardinals Chandler Jones (56).
In the past three seasons, Clowney notable names in his position group in quarterback sacks combined with tackles for loss with 77.5 over the likes of the Chicago Bears Khalil Mack 73.0 and the Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Lawrence 58.0.
The Texans planned to continue working on a long-term deal after they tagged Clowney by then Texans general manager Brian Gaine. With no general manager in place after the dismissal of Gaine, with the deadline approaching a deal was not struck between the two sides.
Clowney will play on the tag number of $15,967,200 in 2019 if he chooses to sign the deal before the season starts. The next question regarding Clowney is when he will report to the Texans with training camp beginning on July 25th.
Reports have Clowney not in a rush to get to camp and could not show up until late August or possibly even early September.
With Clowney not under contract with the Texans, he is not obligated to show up for camp and will not be fined by the organization.
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