Clowney would be a flawless fit in the Lions defense, will head coach Matt Patricia trade for Jadeveon?
National Football League trade rumors are swirling around Houston Texans star OLB Jadeveon Clowney because he recently fired his agent, visited the Miami Dolphins and wants to be traded to either the Seattle Seahawks or Philadelphia Eagles.
And unless the Dolphins have a change of heart, that appears to be the case with Houston, even though Clowney - a three-time Pro Bowler - is also part of the proposal.
On Wednesday, NFL Network reported that upon hearing about the Texans' interest in trading him, Clowney is now willing to carry his holdout into the regular season.
When O'Brien was asked whether he wants Clowney to sign his franchise tender and return to Houston, the head coach said, "It's not a matter of want".
Any team that does sign Clowney cannot negotiate a long-term deal with him until after the 2019 season, meaning he could be with a team for just one season before moving on. He can not be traded until the tender is signed, giving him leverage over any potential deal. If the Dolphins acquire him, they can attempt to sign him to a longterm contract as early as next offseason. And while the Texans are seemingly desperate enough to play ball, the centerpiece of the deal coming back to Miami reportedly is not. However, Clowney needs to sign his franchise tag first before a trade deal may push through between the Texans and the Dolphins. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound pass0rusher had 47 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss, nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a pass defensed and a touchdown in 15 games last season. He has 21 quarterback hits in each of the past two years.
If the Dolphins are going to move on from such a talented player, they were going to need an offer too good to refuse. At the owners meetings in March, O'Brien indicated he didn't expect to see Clowney at the team's spring workouts. In '17, he had 9.5 sacks and 59 tackles.