Gaine Confident Clowney Will Be Extended

Contract Up At The End Of 2018

April 20, 2018 - 3:06 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) –  Texans General Manager Brian Gaine is “optimistic” that Jadeveon Clowney will remain in Houston for a long time. 

“I won’t discuss our negotiations publicly but I’m optimistic that something can be done,” Gaine said as he addressed media prior to next week’s NFL Draft.

Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, will make close to $12.5 million in the final year of his rookie deal which was a team option that the Texans exercised.

The 25-year-old is coming off his best season in which he recorded 59 tackles, 9.5 sacks and showed off his durability as he played in all 16 games for the first time in his career.  Those numbers coupled with his measurables make it clear why the Texans want to lock up Clowney long term.

“The height, weight, speed, the production, the performance, pass rush ability. The guy’s a disruptive player, plays the run well,” Gaine said.  “We’re doing our best to fortify our nucleus of players and we’d like him to be a part of that.”