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NFLPA Expected to File Grievance Against Texans for Franchise Tagging Jadeveon Clowney at LB

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 21: Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans is seen during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on October 21, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Houston Texans v Jacksonville Jaguars | Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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.

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.

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.