Jadeveon Clowney didn’t like getting the franchise tag from the Houston Texans. And now Clowney is no longer with the Texans, as long as an agreed-upon trade doesn’t fall through.
The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a trade to land Clowney pending all the players involved passing physicals according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer, ending a standoff with the team over the tag. The first overall pick of the 2014 draft moves on, leaving a big hole in the Houston defense.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle said Seattle agreed to send a pick and two players in the deal.
Seahawks are sending a third-round pick and two players to Texans in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney, according to sources
Clowney’s career started slowly, with injuries holding him back, but he has since become one of the best edge defenders in the game. The Texans just couldn’t lock him up to a long-term deal, and a trade became the best option.
Jadeveon Clowney became one of NFL’s best defenders
Clowney, who doesn’t turn 27 years old until February, played in just four games as a rookie due to knee injuries. In his second season, Clowney played 14 games but had just 4.5 sacks. Given that the Texans passed on Khalil Mack to take him first overall, it looked like a mistake.
Jadeveon Clowney through his career
Jadeveon Clowney through his career
ROCK HILL, SC - FEBRUARY 14: Jadeveon Clowney announces his college football commitment to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during a press conference at South Pointe High School on February 14, 2011 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Rock Hill South Pointe defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney autographs a football for a fan following an interview on ESPNU, Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Clowney will announce on his birthday, February 14th, which school he will attend. (Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer/MCT via Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 10: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes the passer against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles on the way to defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 54-3 during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) pressures East Carolina Pirates quarterback Rio Johnson (7) during action at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina, Saturday, September 8, 2012. South Carolina defeated ECU, 48-10. (Tim Dominick/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 1: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates after a 33 - 28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 01: Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks rushes up field during a 33 - 28 victory against the Michigan Wolverines in the Outback Bowl January 1, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: College football player Jadeveon Clowney attends The 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 17: Best Play award winner Jadeveon Clowney speaks onstage at the 2013 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 17, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares for his teams game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles on the sidelines on the way to defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels 27-10 at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) comes around a block from Central Florida offensive linesman Jordan McCray (63) in the second half at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, September 28, 2013. South Carolina prevailed, 28-25. (Kim Kim Foster-Tobin/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) reacts after a facemask penalty against Tennessee during first-half action. The Tennessee Volunteers defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks, 23-21, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, October 19, 2013. (Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT via Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 23: Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 23, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Former South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney looks on while sitting out position drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks is introduced during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 24: NFL draft prospect, Jadeveon Clowney, attends the Houston Rockets game against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena on March 24, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0053 -- Pictured: (l-r) Football player and NFL draft prospect Jadeveon Clowney during an interview with host Jimmy Fallon on May 7, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)..
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 09: The Houston Texans introduce Jadeveon Clowney during a press conference at Reliant Stadium on May 9, 2014 in Houston, Texas. Clowney was selected by the Texans with the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 09: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans warms up before the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX- AUGUST 16: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans celebrates sacking Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons in the first quarter in a pre-season NFL game on August 16, 2014 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 26: Linebacker Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans looks on during a NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 26, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans pass rushes during the first half against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 06, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Jerome Davis/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - MAY 14: Alfred Blue #28 of the Houston Texans and Jadeveon Clowney #90 share a moment at the JJ Watt Charity Softball Classic at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 27: Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) attempts to break through during the NFL game between the San Diego Chargers and Houston Texans on November 27, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 11: Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) runs on the field before the NFL game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts on December 11, 2016, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 18: Houston Texans Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney (90) is introduced before the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans on December 18, 2016, at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 07: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Oakland Raiders lines up against the Oakland Raiders during the first half of their AFC Wild Card game at NRG Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - JUNE 27: Jadeveon Clowney meets with kids at the Build A Bear table during the Summer Kickoff Event at the Boys & Girls Club on June 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 20: Houston Texans defensive ends Christian Covington and Jadeveon Clowney attended the International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Manchester City on July 20, 2017 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Leslie Plaza Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Clowney has never been a dominant pass rusher, but he developed into a fantastic all-around edge defender. He is great against the run and has 18.5 sacks over the past two seasons. There were reports that Clowney could get a $100 million deal, but he didn’t get it from the Texans.
Houston put the franchise tag on Clowney, and then the two sides were unable to reach a long-term extension before the July 15 deadline. The NFLPA was expected to file a grievance on Clowney’s behalf, because Clowney wanted the defensive end tag (about $17.1 million) instead of the outside linebacker tag (about $15.4 million).
Clowney never signed the tag and never came to camp, putting the Texans in a bind, especially considering running back Le’Veon Bell held out all last season due to a franchise tag dispute before hitting free agency.
Seahawks get elite defender
Seattle has lost a lot of talent over the past few years, and decided to trade pass rusher Frank Clark to Kansas City when his price tag got to be too high. Seattle’s pass rush took another hit when defensive tackle Jarran Reed was suspended for six games.
Assuming the trade gets finalized, Clowney will make a huge impact on the Seahawks’ front seven. He’s only guaranteed to be there one year, but presumably the Seahawks believe Clowney would be open to signing a long-term deal after the season.
Much like the Mack trade before last season, one of the game’s best defenders was on the move on cutdown weekend.