I have good news and bad this on this first College Football Saturday of the year. Good news first—those of you who think the Texans would be idiots to send Jadeveon Clowney and a first round pick (and perhaps more than that) to Miami for Laremy Tunsil, or something besides Laremy Tunsil, will be pleased to know that Clowney has advised the Texans he will not agree to such a trade. Which, despite not technically being under contract and being able to invoke a no-trade clause is such a thing existed in his contract, Clowney can effectively do by refusing to sign his franchise tag tender.
Clowney hasn’t signed his tender cause he doesn’t want to play for Miami.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 30, 2019
One league source informed of Jadeveon Clowney's thinking reiterated that he remains adamant he doesn't want to play for the Miami Dolphins regardless of the trade discussions between Texans and Dolphins— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) August 30, 2019
If Clowney won’t sign his tender, the Texans can’t trade him to Miami, even if the Dolphins were willing to send Tunsil, Richmond Webb, Ricky Williams, Mark Duper, and a $1,000,000.00 gift certificate that can be redeemed at any Shula’s Steak House in the continental United States. By declining to sign the tender until he is assured of getting what he wants, whether it’s remaining with the Texans or a trade out of town to a team of his choosing, Clowney has leverage over the Texans.
The bad news? As you know, Clowney has reportedly expressed a preference to be traded to the Seahawks or Eagles. Putting aside the extent of any salary cap gymnastics that would have to occur in Philadelphia or Seattle to make acquiring Clowney feasible, I sincerely question whether either team would be able to put together a package that should pique Houston’s interest. If the goal is to acquire a left tackle who could start for the Texans immediately, I’m not quite sure how that’d happen in any form via Seattle—what with Duane Brown being their starting left tackle—and I find it extremely improbable the Eagles would part with Andre Dillard or Jason Peters, the latter of whom is 37 years old and in no way could be considered a long-term solution for the Texans. If Clowney was in fact traded to Seattle or Philadelphia, I find it VERY hard to believe the return would be something that actually approached equal value for Houston. And yet, Duane Brown, a man who knows a thing or two about being traded from Houston to Seattle, tweeted this in the wee hours of the morning:
— Duane Brown (@DuaneBrown76) August 31, 2019
That may have absolutely nothing to do with Clowney. Or maybe it means the Seahawks are on the verge of acquiring this guy, with the Texans wearing “egg in their face as the league knows that the inmates are running the asylum” as this report out of Miami indicates:
Talks between the Dolphins and Texans have hit a standstill. The Seahawks are now the front runners for Jadaveon Clowney.— Neal Driscoll (@NealDriscoll) August 31, 2019
The Texans have egg in their face as the league knows that the inmates are running the asylum.
I haven’t had a good feeling about how the Texans would fare in a Clowney trade since the rumblings reached a critical mass, and that feeling has only gotten worse the more that’s become public knowledge. I have almost zero confidence the Texans will get better in a trade that sees them parting with Clowney. What say you?
UPDATE: Tom Pelissero reports the Seahawks and Texans “are deep in talks” about Clowney.
The #Seahawks are deep in talks to acquire franchise player Jadeveon Clowney from the #Texans, sources tell me and @MikeGarafolo. Clowney has told people he wants to be in Seattle. Still some hoops to jump through, but it’s headed toward him getting his wish.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2019
UPDATE II: Jay Glazer is reporting the Texans and Seahawks have agreed to a trade involving Jadeveon Clowney.