Jadeveon Clowney not expected to carry holdout into regular season
Jadeveon Clowney is hoping to work out a long-term extension with the Houston Texans prior to next week’s deadline rather than having to play the 2019 season under the franchise tag, but he is not going to go to extreme measures in an attempt to get a new deal.
Unless something drastic changes, Clowney and the Texas are not expected to agree to a long-term deal by July 15, which is the deadline for franchise tagged players to sign contracts. He will likely skip training camp after that, but Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that Clowney is not going to miss regular-season games.
Status quo for Texans and unsigned franchise player Jadeveon Clowney, per sources. No deal happening prior to July 15 NFL deadline, will play this season under $15.9 million franchise tender. Not expected to miss any games, but likely to miss at least a major portion of camp
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) July 9, 2019
Players rarely go the Le’Veon Bell route when hit with the franchise tag, as it requires giving up a ton of money. Clowney may not have long-term security come Week 1, but he is set to make around $1 million per game this season. Most players have a hard time turning that down.
The Texans reportedly discussed trading Clowney to at least one team earlier in the offseason, but nothing ever came of it. Despite having some injury concerns early in his career, Clowney has missed just six games over the past four seasons. If the 26-year-old doesn’t get a long-term contract from the Texans, he will eventually get it elsewhere.