One of the biggest impending names in free agency was just taken off the market.
The Houston Texans have placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney, meaning that he can technically still sign with another team, but that team would have to give two first-round draft picks back to Houston. The Texans have said they would like to sign Clowney to a long-term extension; per league rules, they have until July 15 to work that out.
Clowney's specific position has always been somewhat vague. The Texans have tagged him as a "DE/OLB." The tag for a defensive end would be worth $17.1 million; for a linebacker, $15.4 million, significantly lower. In 14 starts last year, he only recorded three tackles on completed passes, so he clearly wasn't dropping back into coverage very often at all.
UPDATE: Other players who have reportedly been franchise-tagged, either today or earlier.
Franchise tag deadline is Tuesday at 4pm EST.