The breakup between Houston Texans and their outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney seems to be getting near. According to latest reports from NFL Network, Texans are interested in trading Clowney before the season starts with the Miami Dolphins emerging as favorite to land the 26-year-old Pro Bowler.
NFL Insider Ian Rapaport tweeted on Tuesday that Clowney met in person with Dolphins’ coach Brian Flores and other members of the organization in order to discuss Miami as his next landing spot. Dolphins are reportedly very keen on making the deal with the Texans and certainly have assets to pull off such a trade.
For any trade to happen, however, Jadeveon Clowney would need to sign his franchise tag Texans placed on him back in March. Another issue is that Dolphins or any other team can’t sign Clowney to a long term deal until after this season.
After failing to reach a long term contract agreement with Houston Texans in the offseason, Clowney decided to miss the team’s offseason activities and didn’t report to training camp. However, since he is basically an unsigned player at the moment, he can’t be fined for his absence.
Clowney is coming off his third consecutive Pro Bowl season in which he had 38 tackles, 9.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and one touchdown.