Texans pick up Jadeveon Clowney’s 5th-year option, per report

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The Houston Texans picking up Jadeveon Clowney’s fifth-year option was a no-brainer.

The Houston Texans have picked up the fifth-year option of star pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, according to ESPN Texans’ reporter Sarah Barshop.

Clowney is entering the final year of his current rookie contract, but now that his fifth-year option has been exercised, he’ll be signed through the 2018 season as well.

This move extends Clowney’s contract from a four-year deal to a five-year deal.

Clowney will now be eligible to hit the free agent market in March of 2019, if the Texans don’t sign him to an extension before then.

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Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle has the details of Clowney’s option.

It all comes down to whether can stay healthy this coming season after his first two NFL seasons were marred with injuries. If he does, the Texans will reward him to a huge contract before his rookie deal runs out.

Clowney was a big reason the Texans had the NFL’s top-ranked defense in 2016 despite the fact that J.J. Watt was sidelined for almost the entire season due to an injury.

The 24 year-old Clowney recorded 52 tackles, six sacks and one forced fumble last season.