Texans Contacted Eagles About Potential Jadeveon Clowney Trade: Report

Andrew Porter
August 29, 2019 - 8:38 am

It feels like Howie Roseman is close to making another big splash right before the start of the 2019 season. 

According to a report from Texans reporter Aaron Wilson of Chron.com, the Houston Texans have reached out to the Eagles regarding star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

"The Texans have worked the phones and have reached out to multiple teams about a potential trade for the former top overall pick from South Carolina, including two of his preferred teams: the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly," Wilson wrote

Clowney, 26, was franchise tagged in March and carries an expensive 2019 cap hit of $15,967,200. 

The Eagles currently have just under $18 million in salary cap space, according to the NFLPA, which is enough space to fit Clowney under the cap without releasing any players. That is, of course, a large portion of their cap space and might impact their ability to make moves later on in the season, especially at the trade deadline.

"It comes down to teams with cap room," NFL insider and former executive Mike Lombardi explained this week on 94WIP. "I mean the Eagles certainly could fit him under their cap, you've got to carry the $16 million dollar threshold. You can't renegotiate the contract until next year, so it really comes down to flexibility of the cap. I don't think it's gonna cost a lot to get him. I know they want an offensive lineman, I know they want a wide receiver. The Eagles are one of the few teams that do have extra offensive lineman.

"He's gonna be a free-agent at the end of the year. He's had a history of durability issues."

In terms of what Clowney will cost the Eagles to potentially acquire him, well, it shouldn't be much. It doesn't seem like Houston will get an early round pick for Clowney, but here are some of the players the Texans may want. 

Nelson Agholor: Reports have suggested the Texans are looking for either an offensive tackle or a wide receiver in exchange for Clowney. The Eagles are deep at both positions, but especially at receiver. An offer of Nelson Agholor would make sense, as he is in the final year of his current deal and will be a free agent next offseason. Trading Agholor would also take around $9 million off the books, money that would help offset the cost of acquiring Clowney. Agholor is going to have a big role in the offense, but the Eagles could decide having Clowney at defensive end is more important than having Agholor on offense, especially with all of the other weapons they have on that side of the ball. 

Jordan Mailata: If the Texans are looking for a player that can step in and contribute right now, Mailata won’t be very appealing to them. Mailata has yet to take a snap in an NFL game, has only been playing football for one season and is currently dealing with a back injury. Mailata combined with a high draft pick, however, could be enticing to the Texans considering the potential many around the league believe Mailata has. With Andre Dillard on the roster, the Eagles don’t have a long-term need for Mailata.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai: Vaitai would be able to make an immediate impact for the Texans, as he could step in and play either tackle position right now if needed. Vaitai has also spent time learning guard this offseason, making him even more valuable to a Texans offensive line that is one of the worst in the league. Parting with Vaitai would not be easy for the Eagles, however, as he is currently expected to start at guard in Week 1 and is their best backup offensive linemen. 

Clowney has 29 sacks in 62 NFL games, recording at least nine in each of the last two seasons.

The other teams that have been linked to Clowney include the Seahawks, Dolphins, and Jets. 

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