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Deadline Passes Without New Contract For Clowney

Clowney will have to play 2019 season on franchise tag

July 15, 2019 - 3:09 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- If Jadeveon Clowney plays for the Texans in 2019 it will have to be on the $15.97 million franchise tag after he and the team could not agree on a long-term contract prior to Monday's 3:00 pm deadline. 

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The Texans placed the franchise tag on Clowney March 4, and at the time, Texans general manager Brian Gaine said "Our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract," but Gaine was fired June 7, and reports say he and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien were in disagreement on Clowney's situation.

Under the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement Clowney can only play for the Texans under the one-year franchise tag tender this season. He is not allowed to sign a contract extension until after the final game of the Texans regular season. 

Clowney, 26, was the first pick of the 2014 NFL Draft. After playing in just four games as a rookie he's missed six games over the past four seasons. A First Team All-Pro selection 2016, Clowney has been selected to the Pro Bowl the last three seasons, collecting 18.5 sacks the last two years. He skipped Texans OTAs and mini camp, and is expected to be absent for the start of training camp. He is not subject to any fines because he has not signed his franchise tender, but he currently counts against the Texans salary cap. The team could free up that cap space by rescinding the franchise tag, making him an unrestricted free agent or by trading Clowney, which ESPN reported Monday there is currently no trade in the works. Under league rules, a player can be franchised in consecutive years for 120% of the previous year's tender.

Dunta Robinson was the last player to be given the franchise designation by the Texans. He played the 2009 season on the $9.96 million tender before signing with the Atlanta Falcons after the season.