© Eric Hartline | 2018 Dec 23
Houston Texans franchise-tag recipient OLB-DE Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, is on the verge of being traded to the Seattle Seahawks, according to multiple reports, and it appears the GM-less Texans have been taken by Pete Caroll and John Schneider.
Clowney, 26, who’s scheduled to earn $17.1 million on the franchise tag this season after he was unable to reach a long-term agreement on a new deal prior to the July 31 deadline, is a huge boon to Seattle’s front line, where Michael Bennett and Frank Clark have been traded over the past two offseasons and Cliff Avril retired.
Houston, meantime, requires more than anything upgrades in the opposite trenches but apparently will only receive LBs Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, in addition to a third-round pick — not a plug-and-play blocker for the most-sacked QB in football last season, Deshuan Watson, or a potential replacement for Lamar Miller, the veteran starting tailback who tore his ACL last week.
The Texans, who fired Brian Gaine in the spring and named Bill O’Brien as interim general manager, just showed why operating without a general manager is risky business. They’ve been shopping Clowney, a premier two-way defender, for a while and recently allowed the three-time Pro Bowler to visit with the the Miami Dolphins, who had expressed interest in acquiring him via trade. But reports indicate Clowney didn’t share that interest, making a potential move far too risky for a Dolphins club heading nowhere fast and unlikely to sign Clowney to a long-term extension.
But the Seahawks are reportedly a preferred landing spot for Clowney, increasing the likelihood of the two sides reaching a long-term agreement that would make Clowney the new centerpiece of their renovated D-line, which also features suspended 2018 breakout DT Jarran Reed.
Meantime, it’s impossible to argue that the Texans are better after the move today, when their singular focus should be on maximizing Watson’s Super Bowl window.
Houston and Seattle consummated a blockbuster trade at the 2017 deadline that sent former Pro Bowl LT Duane Brown from the Texans to Seahawks in exchange for multiple draft picks. Brown’s tweet containing three sets of wide-eye emjois in the wee hours Saturday morning apparently were a harbinger of the former first-round Texans reuniting with the Seahawks.
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