Jadeveon Clowney Traded to Seattle Seahawks

The Jadeveon Clowney saga is finally over. The Houston Texans have made Clowney’s wish come true, sending him to a contender in the NFC. It had been previously reported that Clowney wanted to play only for the Seattle Seahawks or Philadelphia Eagles. He gets his wish today, landing in Seattle. The terms of the deal haven’t been announced yet, but the parameters of the deal have been agreed to, according to Jay Glazer.

Update: The Texans received a third-round pick and linebackers Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo in exchange for Clowney

Seattle Seahawks Acquire Jadeveon Clowney

Over the past few weeks, the Miami Dolphins made it very clear, based on reports, that they were most interested in Clowney. However, this fell apart when Clowney expressed he would not play for Miami. Additionally, Houston wanted Miami’s Laremy Tunsil in return, a player the Dolphins would not give up. Seattle and Philadelphia’s interest became known when Clowney said he would only go to a contender. This meant three of the five interested teams, (the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Washington Redskins) were out.

A deal with the Redskins could have made a lot of sense. Houston could have sent Clowney to Washington in exchange for Trent Williams. However, Redskins president Bruce Allen has remained adamant about not trading their All-Pro left tackle. This makes little sense, seeing as Williams has vowed to never play for the Redskins again.

In terms of what Seattle is getting in Clowney, though, they are adding an elite run defender. That’s certainly not taking away from Clowney’s ability as a pass-rusher, but he’s best known for his work against the run. Clowney, the No. 1 overall pick in 2014, has 205 combined tackles, 64 of them for a loss, to go along with 29 sacks, four forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, 11 passes defended, and two defensive touchdowns in 62 career games.

Making Sense of the Deal

From Seattle’s standpoint, this deal is a little puzzling. Back in March, Seattle sent franchise pass-rusher Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for a slew of picks because they did not want to play Clark franchise money. Clark wound up signing a five-year, $104 million contract. Trading for Clowney after not wanting to pay Clark must mean the Seahawks have changed their perspective.

Clowney will either be around the same price or more expensive than Clark was for a long-term deal, but perhaps they plan on using him as a rental. It is worth noting that Clowney cannot sign a long-term extension until after Week 17. With this in mind, the Seahawks should be cautious with what they’re giving up, as they still have bad memories of trading Jermaine Kearse and a second-round pick for Sheldon Richardson from the Jets, only for him to leave after one season.

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