NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Clowney was ready to join the team this week, but then he didn’t once he found out the Texans were trying to trade him. If that’s accurate, that’s quite a misstep for the Houston front office.
And with a week and a half to go before the start of the season, the Texans are back in a holding pattern with one of their star players.
Jadeveon Clowney met with Dolphins
Clowney was given the franchise tag, and then he and the team couldn’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal before the deadline. He’ll have to play on the one-year tag this season, no matter who he plays for.
That complicates trade talks. Unlike Khalil Mack, who could immediately sign an extension with the Chicago Bears after being acquired in a trade, the team getting Clowney gets only one year guaranteed from him. The Miami Dolphins have been interested and met with Clowney, but have reportedly been hesitant to give up young offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in a deal. That’s reasonable.
Time is ticking before the season starts.
Clowney doesn’t know how he’ll proceed
Rapoport said when Clowney heard he was being shopped in a trade, he “hit the brakes” and doesn’t know how he’ll proceed. Clowney did fire his agent Bus Cook because he isn’t happy with the situation.
The Texans need Clowney. They’re a top-heavy team and can’t afford to lose one of their foundation players. There’s also a much clearer path to another AFC South title now that Andrew Luck has retired from the Indianapolis Colts.
Maybe Clowney signs his franchise tag and plays with the Texans, maybe he’s playing somewhere else by Week 1. But a situation that was already frosty has gotten a lot more complicated.
NFL preseason 2019 highlights
NFL preseason 2019 highlights
ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 08: Victor Bolden #13 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Jalen Collins #32 of the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at New Era Field on August 08, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 08: Kyle Lauletta #17 of the New York Giants throws a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as James Burgess #58 of the New York Jets defends during a preseason matchup at MetLife Stadium on August 08, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 08: Chase Daniel #4, Mitchell Trubisky #10 and Adam Shaheen #87 of the Chicago Bears look on prior to a preseason game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field on August 08, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 08: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the preseason game against Detroit Lions at Ford Field on August 8, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
Aug 8, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Russell Shepard (81) breaks a tackle against the New York Jets for a touchdown during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to throw against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Kenny Young, left, sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Damiere Byrd (14) pulls in a touchdown pass as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jeff Richards (29) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jazz Ferguson, left, celebrates after he caught a pass from quarterback Paxton Lynch (2) to score a touchdown against the Denver Broncos during the second half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Jermaine Grace (53) runs after intercepting a pass thrown by Miami Dolphins quarterback Josh Rosen (3) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver C.J. Board (16) goes up to make a catch against Baltimore Ravens cornerback Anthony Averett (34) during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
New York Giants wide receiver Bennie Fowler (18) celebrates with teammates, including Wayne Gallman (22) and Rhett Ellison (85), after scoring a touchdown during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the New York Jets on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker (9) celebrates his field goal against the Jacksonville Jaguars with teammates James Hurst, letft, and Morgan Cox during the first half of an NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Tennessee Titans' Kalif Raymond, front right, is knocked out of bounds by Philadelphia Eagles' Jeremiah McKinnon during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)