Most Texans fans seem to believe it’d be a good idea for the team to keep Jadeveon Clowney in Houston beyond the expiration of his rookie contract. But keeping Clowney is going to cost some serious coin. Quite possibly “Biggest Contract Ever Given To A Non-Quarterback” kind of coin, though that title will almost surely pass to another player in no more than a year and quite possibly even faster than that (e.g., if the Texans ink Clowney to an extension before the Raiders re-sign Khalil Mack or the Rams re-sign Aaron Donald this offseason).
The Texans are sitting pretty with quite a bit of cap space, and that’s before the additional money from Brian Cushing’s impending release comes off the books. Consequently, the Texans won’t be facing the kind of crunch they did when Mario Williams was scheduled to hit free agency after the 2011 season, which ultimately resulted in Super Mario signing with the Bills.
So what kind of contract are the Texans and/or Clowney looking at? Our buddy Troy over at Texans Cap has put pen to paper and thoroughly outlines the basis for a five-year deal worth a total of $94,500,000.00 with $56,750,000.00 in guaranteed money. Take a gander at how Troy arrived at that conclusion, ponder how it stacks up against other premium contracts for defensive players, and let us know whether you’d be on board with a deal of that magnitude for the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.