Houston Texans: Takeaways for Jadeveon Clowney, Laremy Tunsil trades and more

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 23: Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans celebrates recovering a fumble against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Trade 1: Jadevoen Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks

Did the Houston Texans not get enough in return for trading Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks? The simple answer is yes, but did you expect anything else from this front office with how this entire contract process has went with Clowney?

The Texans gained a third round pick from Seattle, plus added to their defense Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin. Houston lost Clowney in the trade, though now the contract mess, and the franchise tag drama is all behind them, even with the Texans still playing $8 million of Clowney’s signing bonus.

Having previously been with four teams in the NFL since being drafted in 2013, Mingo has played there seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2013-15), one season with the New England Patriots (’16), one season with the Indianapolis Colts (’17), and last year with the Seahawks (’18).

Mingo has never had more than five sacks in a season, and that came his rookie year when he had five. Since then. Mingo has gained season sack totals of two (’14, ’17), one (’18), and zero (’15, ’16). Mingo also has one career interception in ’17, and for his career his totaled of 214 combined tackles, and 10 sacks. He has also collected 24 tackles for loss in his career, but last season he had just three.

Martin could be the surprise of this trade as he played in all 16 games last season, and in a playoff game where for ’18 he totaled nine tackles, three sacks, eight QB hits, two tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as he was a sixth round pick in 2018. Martin has potential to really stand out with the Texans defense in ’19.

On paper this trade went in favor for the Seahawks because they know they are getting a Pro Bowl caliber pass rusher for at least one season, and the jury is still out on exactly who the Texans have received in this trade.

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