Jadeveon Clowney trade rumors have now hit the NFC West.
The drama hasn’t reached the highs of Antonio Brown watch, but it’s certainly had a decent start. If you haven’t been following along, Clowney has been holding out of Houston Texans’ training camp, refusing to sign his franchise tender. After a camp of “will he or won’t he?” the pass rusher was all set to return to practice this week.
Well, until he found out he was being shopped in a possible trade to the Miami Dolphins. The holdout then continued. It’s not just the Dolphins either, The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reports that the Seattle Seahawks have been speaking to the Texans about a possible trade. If the Seahawks were to swoop in, it would put Clowney into the NFC West, and he’d be playing the San Francisco 49ers twice a year.
Which now makes this a 49ers issue.
The Seahawks traded defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in the offseason, but they then drafted L. J. Collier from TCU who was seen as the possible replacement. Maybe the Seahawks want someone on the other side, or they don’t think they have enough pass rushers. Either way, now it’s something for us to keep an eye on. I don’t think anyone wants Jimmy Garoppolo facing Clowney twice a year.
Seattle has the draft capital to do this. Per Tankathon, they have a first, two seconds, and a third for the first three rounds. Clowney would probably require at least a second-round pick, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he cost a bit more given his youth. The reason I’d say a second is because on the same token, a team will have to get him signed and Clowney won’t come cheap. It’s worth noting that Clark went to the Chiefs for a first, a second, and swap of thirds and that may be the compensation to look to getting a deal done.
We’ll need to keep an eye on this. Clowney coming to the NFC West is not very ideal at all.