The Houston Texans are committed to not letting star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney hit free agency.
The NFL franchise has placed the “franchise tag” on the former No. 1 overall pick, though they’re reportedly still interested in signing him to a long-term deal.
Clowney has been a Pro Bowler the past three seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2016.
The Texans have franchised OLB Jadeveon Clowney.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) March 4, 2019
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter provided details on the Texans’ franchise tag decision.
The tag is a “non-exclusive” one and the Texans would still like to get a long-term extension done with the star pass rusher.
This is non-exclusive franchise tag for Jadeveon Clowney with the goal still being to reach long-term deal, per source. https://t.co/DikdFpZl0Y
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2019
Clowney is not expected to sign the tag anytime soon, however.
“Texans have designated Jadeveon Clowney as their franchise player, which means he’ll be assigned a $15.443 million one-year tender. Wouldn’t expect him to sign it anytime soon, so will be absent in the offseason. Can still sign a long-term deal. July 15 NFL deadline for that,” Aaron Wilson reports.
Texans GM Brian Gaine said today that the franchise is committed to keeping Clowney moving forward.
“Today we have placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, but our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract. This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so,” he told Wilson.