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At the end of the 2019 season, it appeared Houston Texans star linebacker Jadeveon Clowney was going to break the bank wherever he ended up in free agency. That is, until the Texans placed the franchise tag on him, which allowed Houston to keep his rights for one more year on a fully guaranteed contract. After a heated few weeks in which the Texans and Clowney’s agent argued over whether to tag him as an outside linebacker or defensive end, as being tagged as a defensive end guaranteed him more money, Clowney stated he wanted a new contract. Now, when an NFL player has been hit with the franchise tag, there is a window, that ends on July 15, which allows teams and players to negotiate a long-term deal. Otherwise, the player is forced to stay on the franchise tag for the year and cannot negotiate a new contract until they enter free agency.
In the early stages of this process, it appeared Clowney would get the deal he wanted and be secured in Houston for the next few years. However, on June 7th, the Texans fired their general manager Brian Gaine in a move that shook the entire NFL. The Texans had apparently been angling to hire Nick Caserio, the director of player personnel for the New England Patriots until New England filed tampering charges against the Texans, and Houston was ultimately forced to give up on their pursuit. And since then, the Texans have been left without a general manager, and Clowney has been left without a contract.
In the following weeks, trade rumors started to ramp up, and teams such as the Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Baltimore Ravens’ names were often thrown in the loop for potential suitors for Clowney. Now, the reason I’m writing this article is to tell you (and NFL executives but they probably don’t read the articles of some Kansas kid who goes to school at a former llama farm) why trading for Clowney is a bad idea. A very bad idea. A no-good, awful, terrible idea. Starting with…..
And so, I don’t think teams should trade for Clowney. If they do, they are trading for a good-not-great, injury-prone player on a one-year rental, and they have no guarantee they can resign him. And if they do, it won’t be cheap. I just hope NFL executives realize this before they make a horrible mistake and saddle their team on the shoulders of a player who really isn’t worth it. But, alas, this is the world we live in. By the time this gets published Clowney may already be on the move. Just don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
Garrison Funk is the Director of Sports Commentaries for The Weekly Cad.