What has been a rumor for a few weeks now has come to pass. Jadeveon Clowney has been traded to the Seattle Seahawks. Clowney finishes his Texans tenure with 47 tackles, 53 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, and he made the Pro Bowl three consecutive years in a row. Clowney, a super talented guy, was the number 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Unfortunately, he was plagued with injury after injury during his first couple of seasons in the NFL.
Clowney received a linebacker franchise tag by the Texans last year to the tune of $15.443 million. Though he was tagged as a linebacker, he spent the majority of the 2018 season at the defensive end position whose franchise tag payouts are roughly $2 million dollars more than that of a linebacker. He had 729 defensive end snaps, 101 defensive tackle snaps, and 33 linebacker snaps. Numbers don’t lie.
Clowney did not sign his franchise tender with the Texans before the franchised player’s long-term contract deal deadline of July 15 which makes him ineligible to a long term deal this season. He did, however, sign the deal once an agreement was reached with the Seahawks for a trade.
The Texans briefly mentioned the trade in a press release discussing their recent acquisitions.
“The Houston Texans acquired WR Kenny Stills and T Laremy Tunsil via a trade with the Miami Dolphins.
The Houston Texans traded CB Johnson Bademosi and T Julién Davenport to the Miami Dolphins.
The Houston Texans acquired OLB Jacob Martin and OLB Barkevious Mingo via a trade with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Houston Texans traded DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.” – via Texans Press Release
This marks the second trade between the Texans and Seahawks. Back in 2017, the Texans traded Duane Brown to the Seahawks. Brown, who is familiar with Clowney, shared his thoughts with ESPN concerning the trade.
“It’s a big move for us,” Brown explained. “He is a game-changer in my opinion. Just spending time with him in Houston, I know he is respected by offensive coordinators, guys that have to prepare for him. I think he will really thrive for us. I know Clowney has to get a physical, but he’s excited. I’ve been telling him it’s a reputable organization here. I’m not sure why it all fell apart in Houston. I know how he works. I’m looking forward to getting him out there with us now.”