Houston Texans Pro Bowl pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney will play next season on the franchise tag after the two sides couldn't come together on a long-term contract. The messy situation, one that could lead to a divorce, is somehow getting even messier now that the player's union has been roped into this.
The NFLPA is filing a grievance against the Texans on Clowney's behalf. The Texas designated Clowney as a "DE/LB." This is significant because the Texans could pay Clowney $1.698 million less as a linebacker than as a defensive end.
NFLPA is anticipated to file a grievance against Texans over the position assigned to franchise DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney, per league sources. The Texans labeled Clowney a “DE/LB”, but a LB tag carries a $1.698 million lower salary with it than the DE tag would. So issues on issues.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019
I'm sure that bringing the union into contract negotiations over $1.698 million is a great way to reignite the dialogue of a long-term contract extension.
Clowney, a 26-year-old pass rusher who has made three Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2014, recorded 47 tackles and nine sacks last season.
Clowney will play next season on the franchise tag, but will skip a large portion of training camp to preserve his body.
Texans and franchised DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney officially did not reach a long-term deal before today's 4 pm ET deadline. He now is expected to miss a good portion of training camp. Next time Texans see Clowney could be late August or early September.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019
It's a GM tale as old as time. The team is in salary cap hell with a couple big contracts due to be signed, while the disgruntled star is all about the bag and the securing thereof. All signs are pointing to Clowney getting a big deal somewhere, even if it isn't Houston.