There’s been quite a bit of talk and speculation about whether the Houston Texans have tried to, or are currently trying to, trade Jadeveon Clowney. I’ve never really bought into the idea that the team, especially without a general manager, would try to do that at this point in the NFL calendar. Yet Mike Lombardi, a former NFL executive who has transitioned to a role in the media, said earlier today that the Texans are in fact about to part ways with Clowney, and that the relationship between the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and the organization that selected him is going to end very, very soon.
Specifically, Lombardi said:
“[Clowney] will get traded in the next 24, 48 hours. I would be shocked if he didn’t. There’s a lot of teams that are after him. The Houston Texans...they want a receiver. They want another receiver to go with [DeAndre] Hopkins, so...I know there’s two teams that are negotiating with Clowney right now, in terms of trying to talk to him about coming to their team, because he’s got to sign the tender before they can trade him. So [Clowney] does have some control of the action. But Clowney’s days as a Houston Texan, to me, are numbered.”
Trading Jadeveon Clowney for a wide receiver?
Not a left tackle?
With Will Fuller and Keke Coutee, however injury prone or unlucky they are, on the roster?
Now? Sixteen days before the regular season opener?
For what it’s worth, John McClain has doubled down on the notion that Clowney is not long for Houston, but he thinks it’ll be via a trade for a left tackle (Trent Williams, perhaps? Or Laremy Tunsil?).
As I’ve been saying, I believe Clowney will be traded for a LT when he signs his tender— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 24, 2019
Stay tuned, Texans fans. Let’s see if Lombardi’s prediction comes to pass before the end of the weekend.