Jadeveon Clowney, DE/OLB
You’re probably sick of hearing/reading this, especially from me. But, it remains in the rumor mill and remains a possibility so we’re going to keep talking about it until it gets completely shut down. The Houston Texans need to be bold and shop Jadeveon Clowney around the league, plain and simple.
The return for Clowney would need to be huge to make it worth it but I believe it’s possible. This wouldn’t be giving up on a former first overall pick, it would be a team building move albeit a hard one. Giving up Clowney, even for an astronomical return, will be a tough pill to swallow.
He doesn’t have all of the counting stats one typically desires from a top tier pass rusher but he impacts every facet of the game on defense and even on some special teams. He’s a stud player who shed an early bust label to become a star.
This is where it gets hard, the Houston Texans can’t pay everyone. Now is the time to pay guys while your franchise quarterback is on a rookie deal but the team is already heavily invested in J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus on the pass rush front. So, it may be better to spend elsewhere.
Of the teams out there the Raiders and Bills seem like more suitable partners for a Clowney trade (the 49ers would have been but they just moved for Dee Ford). The Bills probably wouldn’t give up their 9th overall pick for Clowney but they might if there is nothing else involved. Probably with the Bills it would be a second rounder this year and maybe a first next year if he signs long term.
The Raiders have extra first round picks this year that could entice the Texans with maybe another mid-level 2020 pick. But, as we’ve seen already this offseason, teams are also more willing to package players for players. So, in addition to a pick or two, the Houston Texans could also target this next guy on the list…