There aren’t many players left in the NFL that are holding out from training camp. However, former first overall pick Jadeveon Clowney is one of the few stars waiting for a long-term deal.
Even though Houston put the franchise tag on Clowney, the Pro Bowl defensive end hasn’t signed it yet. He’s seeking a lucrative extension from the team that would keep him around for many years.
While there can’t be any trade involving Clowney until he signs his franchise tender, momentum is building toward a potential blockbuster move.
Texans insider John McClain added fuel to the fire by tweeting “I’ll be surprised if Jadeveon Clowney isn’t traded.”
McClain hinted at the team potentially trading Clowney to acquire depth for their offensive line.
Houston needs Deshaun Watson healthy if it’s going to compete this season. Although the front office did use a few draft picks to fix its offensive line, it still needs more help.
I’ll be surprised if Jadeveon Clowney isn’t traded. They need an upgrade at LT to protect Deshaun Watson. LTs don’t grow on trees so I have no idea who it would be at this time of year.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 13, 2019
In five seasons in the NFL, Clowney has totaled 205 tackles and 29 sacks. He forms quite the duo on the edge with fellow star J.J. Watt.
With the regular season less than a month away from starting, time is running out for the Texans and Clowney to work out a new deal.