Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine is still interested in working a long term extension with Pro Bowl outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.
Houston Texans general manager Brian Gaine expressed optimism in today’s press conference in working a long term extension with Pro Bowl pass rusher and the former first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Jadeveon Clowney.
“That’s the spirit of the franchise tag,” Gaine said. “There is a reason why we did that and with every hope and intention to continue to work on that. That’s a negotiation, it is a process, it has to be a deal that makes sense for both sides for the player for the organization as it relates for the short term and long term.”
Clowney had a productive 2018 season in his fifth year in the NFL, he finished with 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 21 quarterback hits, three fumble recoveries, and a defensive touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in Week three.
His biggest knock after missing the majority of his rookie season undergoing microfracture knee surgery was his health moving forward, but he has only missed six games since missing 12 games in his first year in the league.
Clowney is currently expected to not participate in the Texans voluntary offseason activities, but Gaine and Clowney’s representatives will have until the 15th of July for Clowney to decide whether to sign the franchise tag offer sheet.
In his five seasons in the NFL, Clowney has amassed 205 tackles, 29 sacks, 64 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 11 pass deflections, and defensive touchdowns.