Houston Texans forced to fork over cash in the Jadeveon Clowney trade

Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans are still not done with botching the Jadeveon Clowney trade with them having to fork over cash to complete the deal. What’s up?

Houston Texans fans — after a crazy day of transactions to get the inflated roster count down to 53 men, it finally has been done and these guys will be ones that will hopefully contribute immensely to ensure this team is prosperous in its 2019 campaign.

It will be a mixed bag in terms of how this team is going to look out of the gate when they face the New Orleans Saints on the road next Monday but my hopes are pinned that they will have an earnest effort against what most of us would consider a Super Bowl-caliber type opponent.

The Houston Texans were able to acquire Laremy Tunsil — shoring up the left side of the offensive line for years to come — along with wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Kenny Stills and cornerback Keion Crossen.

But outside of all of those moves, the one that glares at us the most is the one that was put together to trade Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks.  Most of us balked that the Houston Texans received just a third-round pick along with edge rushers Barkevious Mingo along with Jacob Martin to complete their end of the deal.

This trade is lopsided by all means and they certainly did not get enough value for the level of talent that they gave up in Clowney.

I honestly think that Bill O’Brien was tired of Clowney’s act and wanted to do anything to get him out of H-Town, including the clouding his judgment based on the strong emotions he felt about how Clowney valued himself.

We all know Clowney wants Khalil Mack-type money but a six-year, $141 million deal isn’t justifiable at this moment for him.

I totally agree with the Houston Texans holding the line on that.  When they’ll have to be looking at extending Deshaun Watson the season after next, they must be prudent in making such a move.

But the deal is done and there’s nothing we can do about it but chide the organization for letting something so unacceptable like this happen.

But there’s a new development in the deal that surfaced earlier today.

According to the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Houston Texans will have to fork over more cash in the Clowney deal.  In some the last concessions discussed, it has been confirmed the franchise will send $7 million to the Seahawks help to pay his $15.9M tender that he signed yesterday.

The Houston Texans have plenty of cash with about $30 to $40 million on the books to spend so it won’t hurt the bottom line but I don’t understand why the Seahawks can’t just take Clowney without including cash on the deal.

They’re going to get a tremendous player in exchange and I’m sure $7 million won’t hurt the

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Seahawks’ cap space all that much.

Or will it?

Before the wave of roster cuts/signings late this week, the Seahawks had $19.5M worth of cap space which ranked them 14th out of all 32 teams.  It’s a solid balance but because Clowney would reduce their cap space to about $3.6M, they had to go to the Texans to see if they could send some cash back to help them increase their available money to spend.

As you know, the NFL is hard-capped so they must have money available to do the things they want and this move puts their cap space to about $10.6M now.

It’s disappointing that the Houston Texans had to do this but it’s all about the nuances of it all when working with a trade partner.

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Nonetheless, Clowney has been traded out the conference and they won’t have to see him for a while, despite the lackluster amount of assets traded in exchange for him.

That’s how the cookie crumbles — go Houston Texans.