The clock struck 4 p.m. on July 15th, which is the deadline for NFL teams to sign their franchise designated players to long term deal. Well for Jadaveon Clowney that phone call never came from his agent. Clowney was franchise tagged for $15.43 million by the Texans earlier this off-season but he was seeking a new deal that would pay him more.
The odd thing about his negotiating process is that he was tagged as a linebacker, but spent 75% of his snaps at defensive end which pays $17.128 million with a franchise tag. The improper tag by position may cause the NFLPA, Clowney, and his representatives to file a grievance against the Houston Texans. There’s nearly a $2 million dollar difference in salary that is being left at the table.
Clowney 26, will be entering his sixth season in the NFL (all with the Texans) and was a former first overall pick by the team in 2014. We could be possibly looking at another year-long holdout if there is not an agreement by the two sides. It worked for Le’Veon Bell in 2018 as he preserved his body for a full season and signed a four-year/$52.5 million dollar deal with the Jets. This situation could turn out the same, ending his tenure with Houston.
Jadaveon Clowney had 47 tackles and nine sacks last season for the Texans. He has increased his sack total each year in the league and has 29 total in five seasons.
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