NFL Rumors: Jadeveon Clowney to Eagles, Jets, Chiefs, Bills or Dolphins?
Is Jadeveon Clowney headed to the Eagles, Jets, Chiefs, Bills or Dolphins? It certainly looks that way.
Clowney, 26, is one of the most talented linebackers in the NFL today.
Unfortunately, because the Houston Texans are refusing to grant him the long-term extension he is looking for, it seems like a divorce is inevitable.
The Texans entered this summer with more than enough cap space to sign Clowney to a massive deal, but instead they slapped the franchise tag on him.
Now, with only two weeks remaining before the start of the season, it seems unlikely that this relationship can be repaired.
Clowney has not yet signed the tender, but when he does, that will likely be the first domino to fall in the process that will end with him getting moved.
Which brings us to the obvious question: where will Clowney be traded?
The Eagles have frequently been mentioned as a possible destination. With Fletcher Cox still unable to practice fully, Philly’s defense needs a boost.
Houston desperately needs some additional protection for Deshaun Watson, so if general manager Howie Roseman is willing to part with some offensive line talent, there is a deal to be had here.
If not Philadelphia, the Jets are also a viable option for Clowney’s services. There has been a lot of hype surrounding the notion that Sam Darnold will make a big leap this year.
And that is great.
But even if he does, New York’s defense leaves a lot to be desired. The surest way to run down a young quarterback is with a defense that cannot stay on the field.
Kansas City is another interesting contender for Clowney’s services.
The Chiefs have lost Dee Ford and Justin Houston, and really need to shore up their defense.
With the Texans now in the market for a running back, a deal involving Carlos Hyde or Tyreek Hill could make a lot of sense for all involved.
If not the Chiefs, Buffalo could step in and make an offer for Clowney’s talents.
Don’t forget, the Texans fired Brian Gaine and he ended up landing with the Bills. He is a huge supporter of the idea that Clowney is worth big bucks, so it would not be particularly surprising to see him finagle a deal of some sort.
Finally, the Dolphins are another franchise that has frequently been linked to the idea of potentially acquiring Clowney.
Brian Flores is a defensive-minded head coach who could use a bit more talent on that side of the ball.
The big problem here is that Houston has reportedly indicated that any deal with Miami would have to involve offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.
The Dolphins are not particularly interested in giving him up.
That said, Miami could easily structure a deal around someone like Devante Parker.
Where will Clowney ultimately end up?
We will likely find out the answer sooner rather than later.
As soon as he signs his tender, in fact, the countdown for his departure from the Houston Texans will officially be on.