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Texans Place Franchise Tag on Jadeveon Clowney (PLUS: More Franchise Tags!)

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.

Atlanta DT Grady Jarrett
Dallas DE Demarcus Lawrence (second straight season)
Kansas City OLB Dee Ford
San Francisco K Robbie Gould
Seattle DE Frank Clark

Franchise tag deadline is Tuesday at 4pm EST.

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1 comment, Last at 06 Mar 2019, 7:15am

1 Re: Texans Place Franchise Tag on Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans have more than enough cap room to re-sign Clowney, but it sounds like the parties are pretty far apart on the question of what he's worth. I think it's quite likely we're headed for a holdout.