Though Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney isn’t quite on the same stage as a Khalil Mack of the Oakland Raiders or the Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald, he is no doubt more deserving of a contract extension than any other player on the Texans’ roster.
Before the disagreements begin, we all are aware of the injuries that Clowney dealt with within his first two seasons, but his leadership and the value that he brings to the Texans franchise are limitless. J.J. Watt is a huge name and takes majority of the credit for anything that transpires with the defense, as he should — but let’s not get amnesia, as if Clowney was not the former No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, who has also came off three consecutive outstanding seasons with the Texans.
We all can agree that Clowney had many folks wondering if he was worth the No. 1 pick at the end of his sophomore season due to being injured majority of both seasons. Not only was he injured, but he failed to show any development in his hands and footwork as many saw in college.
Fast forward, we begun to see a different player through the years. Clowney showed significant progress in his game and showed consistency with staying healthy. In 2017 Clowney was first in the AFC in tackles for loss with a total of 21, and fourth in the AFC for the same stat during the 2018 NFL season, as he totaled 16 TFL while only missing one game. Clowney also finished the 2018 season as the ninth best edge rusher with a grade of 88.0, according to Pro Football Focus.
Another reason why he should receive an extension, is none other than the fact that the Texans can afford to do so. We know sooner or later the Texans will need space to re-sign receiver Will Fuller V, quarterback Deshaun Watson and many others, but they’ve proven to handle re-signing players at the right time over the years. Clowney will demand a great amount of money, but the Texans can afford it and more.
If the Texans decides to extend Clowney to a long-term deal, his market value would sit close to $16.6 million per year over a six-year span according to Spotrac.
Not to mention, J.J. Watt and Clowney when healthy, have proven to be one of the best duos in recent memory. Each player can bring constant headaches to the quarterback and can cause havoc at their own will.
After all, breaking up dominant pass rushing duo won’t lead to much success for Houston in the long run.