While the deadline for franchise-tagged players to come to terms with NFL teams is still several days away, the chances of Jadeveon Clowney reaching an agreement with the Houston Texas are all but gone, according to the Houston Chronicle.
On Twitter, the Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson cited sources as saying “no deal happening prior to July 15 NFL deadline,” and while the Pro Bowl linebacker, is “not expected to miss any games,” he is “likely to miss at least a major portion of camp.”
It was no surprise when Clowney did not show for OTAs in mid-May. The Texans placed their franchise tag on him in early March.
One area of disagreement between Clowney and the Texans is their listing of him as a linebacker/defensive end.
A defensive end can expect to make $17.13 million, while linebackers would earn $15.44 million, USA Today and other outlets have reported, citing NFL numbers. It is unclear which figure Clowney would receive.
That disparity came into play when Clowney was unhappy with the team for exercising his fifth-year option before the 2018 season. ESPN reported that the Texans paid Clowney a $1 million bonus after the season to account for the difference.
Last season, Clowney recorded 47 tackles, including nine sacks, and a forced fumble. He has 205 tackles and 29 sacks in 62 career games.
—Field Level Media