Oh, we have seen it all, haven’t we? Every form of Jadeveon Clowney rumor has been squeezed out the NFL’s screenplay like milk out of some galactic pink teat.
Clowney wanted to remain in Houston on a long-term deal.
Then Brian Gaine was fired.
Then the deadline for Clowney to sign a multi-year deal, either with the Texans or a team that traded for him, passed before an agreement could be made.
Then the Texans were reportedly shopping him once again.
Then Clowney would be traded this week.
Within 24-48 hours.
Clowney would be traded for a first round pick, or a receiver, or a running back, and now apparently maybe just a second round pick.
He would be traded to the Dolphins, but Clowney wouldn’t sign a tender to play for a non-contender, even after reportedly meeting with new head coach Brian Flores.
Now fan bases across the NFL are offering up horrendous trade proposals for Clowney. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and a future fourth. Kenyan Drake and a future second.
The inclusion or exclusion of Laremy Tunisil is a deal breaker.
The Seahawks have Germain Ifedi—who cares if he can’t pass block?
Everything is happening while simultaneously nothing is happening. It’s mindless web browsing come to life as everyone snarls and fights to break news without any repercussions.
The newest rumor, as an infinitely dumb saga has grown to an even dumber one as each dumb twist and turn takes us to another dumb plot point, is that Clowney could extend his holdout into out into the regular season.
From @NFLTotalAccess: There’s no guarantee Jadeveon Clowney will be back with the #Texans or some other team by Week 1. He’s told several people he‘s not afraid to miss games as he sorts out his future and makes sure he holds the leverage in the meantime by not signing the tag. pic.twitter.com/nbAfOE4H44— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 28, 2019
From a player’s perspective, this may be the smartest move. By holding out, Clowney would lose compensation for each game he misses this season, but it could lead to him forcing a trade to a location that he prefers. If he doesn’t play at all in 2019, he could be shrinking the base salary on future a long-term contract, but he removes the risk of injury and ending up like Earl Thomas did last year. If Clowney plays under the tag through the entire regular season, he’ll run the risk of an injury jeopardizing what he’s been searching for this entire offseason.
It’s important to remember these are all just rumors. Nothing is clear. No one has any idea what’s happening. Reality is a fragile illusion. The truth isn’t out there.
Make this damn thing go away.