Houston Texans: The latest on Jadeveon Clowney for Laremy Tunsil trade

Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have been in heated talks with the Dolphins for a Jadeveon Clowney for Laremy Tunsil swap. What’s the latest? Let’s take a dive into it.

The Houston Texans closed out the preseason with a clearer depiction of who will make the 53-man roster after all of the third-stringers got their opportunity to prove their worth to make the team.

Most of who will make this roster are wildly predictable but outside of Duke Johnson, it’s a wide-open competition at running back and it will be interesting to see if Karan Higdon or Damarea Crockett — possibly both — will be spared after the final roster cuts.

Bill O’Brien will have until Saturday by 3 p.m. CDT to pare this roster down but I suspect that we will know what it will look like today as the wave of announcements come from the beat reporters.

It’ll be a tough decision between either Jerell Adams or Darren Fells to retain at tight end.  At the moment, Adams is trending in the right direction, especially with his stiff-arm after an amazing catch during their Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions plus he’s caught two touchdowns this preseason for the team.

He’s incredibly strong, fast and looks like he has some blocking ability which definitely going to be an asset for the Houston Texans.

Anyway, we’ll see how that pans out today.

So what’s going to happen to Jadeveon Clowney before the start of the season next week?  This man is prepared to hold out games just to prove his point in the cause of getting a long-term deal but things seem to be edging closer for the Houston Texans to make a deal with the Miami Dolphins in a trade.

Just a couple of days ago, the Fins seemed hellbent on not wanting deal left tackle Laremy Tunsil for Clowney.  He’s reportedly one of the favorites on the team and his presence in the locker room could affect chemistry.  But the Dolphins know that this swap is a fair one as both players will help their respective teams fulfill a need to improve at their respective positions.

Clowney is more of a luxury that the Houston Texans can afford at the moment but Tunsil is a guy that they need if they want to shore up the protection for Deshaun Watson this season.  He simply CANNOT be sacked 62 times again this season, it would be unacceptable so they better do everything they can to not let that happen.

The 25-year-old left tackle is a generational type of offensive lineman where you could see him star on the line for multiple seasons to come, possibly over the next decade.

Let’s put things in perspective — Pro Football Focus has Tunsil’s pass block grade at a respectable 79.5 for 2018, good for 17th among tackles.  His 70.4 offensive and 62.3 run block grades are with the realm of acceptable plus he only allowed 23 pressures — seven less than Trent Williams — which is impressive.

Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald is reporting that the team could be softening their stance, mulling a trade for Clowney. However, he’s saying that they’d only do it if they were blown away by the offer the Houston Texans made.  They’re looking for draft assets that will help them find their next franchise quarterback.  If they’re asking for a first-round pick AND Clowney, O’Brien might as well hang up the phone with Chris Grier.

Beasley also notes through his source that there would be “legit revolt” in the Fins’ locker room if

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Tunsil were traded so they’re treading carefully on this notion.

I’d definitely want to talk if they were wanting a second or third — preferably a third — to package along with Clowney.

Quite honestly — the best destination for Clowney is here in Houston because he makes this defense so much better.  But if he and O’Brien are bumping heads and they have no intentions of offering him a long-term deal, then they need to trade him to somewhere where he can get it and grab some assets in return to shore up talent at weak positions.

Tunsil would be that guy.

Fasten your seatbelts Houston Texans‘ fans — it’s about to be a bumpy ride.

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Clowney amassed 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 last season.

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