We saw this coming for a while, well at least the last two weeks. Clowney wanted to be out of Houston since being franchise tagged. The Houston Texans have sent Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.
The trade includes a 3rd round pick and two players to the Texans. The pick is a 3rd round pick in the 2020 draft. It is also being reported that the two players the Texans will receive are LB Jacob Martin and Pass-Rusher Barkevious Mingo. We can assume that they are players who will contribute to the defense immediately as teams are currently cutting their roster down to 53. Teams don’t tend to trade for players who they will cut in a day.
The Texans franchise-tagged Clowney in March with the intent on getting a long term deal done. The problem is that Clowney and the Texans had different ideas on what they thought his services were worth. However, this at least kept Clowney from hitting free agency. If Clowney would have gone straight to free agency the Houston probably would not stand a chance at signing the talented DE/LB.
Clowney has been a hold out this entire off-season. Including voluntary team workouts, Organized team activities, mini-camp and currently training camp. Needless to say this was seen for a while. Clowney personally has shown interest in the Miami Dolphins and the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately for Clowney, players don’t always have much leverage in trades. Hence the Seahawks coming in to snag Clowney out of left field.
In Clowney’s 5 years with the Texans, the South Carolina defensive phenom accumulated 205 tackles and 29 sacks. That’s including an injury-plagued rookie season where he only saw action in 4 contest. Clowney, has been as advertised after his injury rookie season. Last season Clowney had 9 sacks but that does not speak to his impact on games. It will be interesting to see how the Texans try to fill the void for Clowney. I’m sure the Texans are happy to at least receive some value for Jadeveon but would have preferred to have the talent in Houston. I know one person who is happy the trade went down.
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