Houston Texans should hold off trading Jadeveon Clowney until 2020

Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have Jadeveon Clowney under contract but should off until 2020 to trade him. Why is that the case? Let’s dive in for a bit.

The Houston Texans are getting ready to take on their second preseason opponent of the season, which will be the Detroit Lions this Saturday night.  Our guys will back within the premises of NRG Stadium to show what they have in front of fans for the first time this season.

Obviously, from last week’s performance, there are some tweaks that the Houston Texans need to make, especially on the offensive line, to ensure that they protect our franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson to the fullest.

It certainly looks like the guard position is shored up with veteran Zach Fulton, Tytus Howard, Max Scharping and Senio Kelemete manning those positions.  But question marks remain at left tackle.  Matt Kalil hasn’t necessarily performed up to expectations but because of his reputation as well as his contract, he’s going to get a lot of rope to improve over the course of the preseason.

Seantrel Henderson is a formidable option on the right side so as long as he stays healthy, that side shouldn’t be an issue this season.  I’m still concerned about Martinas Rankin‘s progress as a tackle as he looks the same as he did last season which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

But anyway, we’ll get a glimpse Saturday and see what other things this team has to work on.

Nonetheless, let’s get down to the guts of why I was compelled to write this piece.

There’s a lot of uncertainty in regard to Jadeveon Clowney‘s future with the Houston Texans as Bill O’Brien continues to be mum on whether the team will trade him this season or if his return is imminent.

There was a report last week indicating that he will be ending his holdout just in time for the regular season to start, indicating that No. 90 will be in uniform come Week 1.

That would sound about right because although he’s missing checks, it’s not near as much as he

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would’ve missed had he started missing games.  He’s due to make $15.9 million this season off the franchise tag and with a game check estimated at about a million dollars per game, there’s no way he’s going to let that money go by the wayside.

I know he’s looking at what happened to Le’Veon Bell — he lost a ton of money sitting out 2018 — and he doesn’t want that to happen to him.

Although the Houston Texans need a left tackle, some extra pieces and some draft picks to come their way, it’s just not prudent to trade him now.  They should wait until next Spring in 2020 at the

earliest if they’re going to do it.  That way, they’ll be able to get the cream of the crop of talent to bolster this roster even more.

Clowney may not like the tag but having him on this defense will make it as stout as it has been over the past few seasons.  The Houston Texans should just let him play out this season on the tag and if he puts up record numbers, who knows?  He might get that long term deal that he has coveted.

But that’s up to general manager Bill O’Brien, who reportedly feels he doesn’t deserve one at the moment.

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Let’s keep an eye to see how this plays out!

Clowney had 47 combined tackles — 38 solos — along with 16 tackles-for-loss, 9.0 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, three fumble recoveries, one pass defended as well as a forced fumble and a defensive touchdown in 2018.