Yesterday, the Franchise Tag deadline passed at 4:00 pm and Jadeveon Clowney was not given a long term deal. The Texans and the pass rusher failed to come to an agreement on a multi year deal prior to the deadline, which could turn ugly.
Houston will still pay Clowney 15.4 million dollars for their franchise tag, but Clowney would have to agree to that. Yesterday, Clowney filed a grievance with the NFLPA because the Texans tagged him as a linebacker but he plays LB and Defensive End. If he was tagged as a defensive end he would have made 17.1 million dollars.
The 26 year old has a case and could win, which would cause more problems for the Texans. The Texans recently fired their General Manager Brian Gaine, because he wanted to lock up Jadeveon Clowney according to multiple sources.
According to Mike Florio, Gaine wanted to lock Clowney up long term and head coach Bill O’Brien was not interested, and the two had disagreements with the extension of their pass rusher.
Well, now the Texans are in a pickle because Clowney could hold out. If that is the case, and O’Brien does not want to extend him do you think a team would be willing to give up a first round pick for Clowney?
I look around the league and there are several teams who could use a solid edge presence in Clowney, the question is the price tag.