The Houston Texans standoff with star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney came to an end today. The Texans dealt the former South Carolina superstar to the Seattle Seahawks, breaking up a promising edge tandem with JJ Watt.
Watt, a franchise cornerstone, doesn’t seem thrilled with things either. He clearly wasn’t in the loop on the potential move.
Obviously, he had to know there was a chance that Clowney would be traded. There had been persistent rumors about Clowney and the Miami Dolphins for days now.
That wasn’t all for Houston today, either. The Texans turned around and traded for star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills, sending a pair of first-round picks and an additional second-rounder to Miami.
Both moves appeared to materialize quickly, and Watt doesn’t seem thrilled with the lack of communication. He took to Twitter, hours after the deals were made, to say that he was informed by a “kid on the golf course.”
Kid on the golf course just broke news to me about my own team.
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) August 31, 2019
Clowney may not be a player on the Aaron Donald or Khalil Mack level, but he is still a very good NFL player. He’s made three-straight Pro Bowls and was a second team All-Pro back in 2016. One would expect that he’d garner a pretty decent return in a trade.
The Texans only got a third-rounder, and a pair of mid-level front seven players, Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin.
The Tunsil move should be more popular, considering the need at the position and the desire to keep quarterback Deshaun Watson protected. The Texans gave up a ton to get him though.
JJ Watt’s a professional and a team player, so I’m sure he’ll say the right things when asked by the media, but it is pretty notable to see him send a tweet like that at all.
The Texans open their regular season with the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 9.