Houston Texans: Miami Dolphins still front runners for Clowney

Ross Houston
August 30, 2019

That doesn't appear it's going to be the case.

However, it is still likely that Clowney may wind up in the AFC East.

Jadeveon Clowney seems unhappy with the Texans.

"Schwartz's preference is to keep and utilize a deep array of pass rushers to keep everyone's legs fresh, and for a player who is looking to get paid next summer, that might not be the best situation for him". While outside linebackers Whitney Mercilus and Brennan Scarlett could take some of the pressure off Watt, there's no player on the field who can replace Clowney's talent or production.

While the most significant talks have come with the Miami Dolphins, the Texans have also spoken to the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins and New York Jets.

There is no word on the interest level of either the Eagles or Seahawks. Until he reports to Houston and signs the tender, Clowney can not be traded. Instead, the team would prefer to do a player-for-player (or players) swap. Of course, they'd have the option of using the franchise tag on him next year, but the cost of that is prohibitive - probably at least $17 million, or more if a new collective bargaining agreement is signed and the terms change.

If he doesn't want to play for a team that the Texans have a deal in place with, he can simply not sign his tender and a trade can't be made.

That's unfortunate for the Texans as it pertains to the Dolphins.

The deal is worth $3.75 million, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Dolphins drafted Tunsil with the No. 13 pick in the 2016 National Football League draft.

Clowney can be a free agent in March 2020, if he is not tagged again.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Clowney has met with Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and other members of team management.

The Dolphins are right to pursue Clowney - but not at the expense of Tunsil. Clowney sat out for all of training camp and the preseason. We just don't know.

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