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The Seattle Seahawks have shaken up the entire landscape of the NFC West with a blockbuster trade ahead of the regular season opener. According to Jay Glazer, Seattle is in the final stages of acquiring Pro Bowl pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney from the Houston Texans. It's Glazer's belief that Clowney is already headed to Seattle for a physical.
Scoopage: SEA & HOU have agreed to trade parameters re: Jadeveon Clowney contingent upon Clowney & other players involved passing physicals. Still lot of moving parts but believed Clowney, who rejected going to Miami at first, is headed for his physical with Hawks. @NFLONFOX
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) August 31, 2019
Clowney made it known earlier this week that Seattle was one of his preferred destinations in a trade. He essentially has the power to veto a trade elsewhere by refusing to sign his franchise tender. Clowney recently flexed that power by torpedoing trade talks between the Texans and the Miami Dolphins.
It's still unclear what the price tag is on the star pass rusher, which means we can't evaluate the full impact of the trade just yet. There have been consistent reports that Houston is seeking offensive line help. The loss of Lamar Miller to a torn ACL could also have the Texans in the market for a running back, of which the Seahawks have several.
The addition of Clowney would give Seattle one of the best, if not the best defensive front seven in the NFL. It would be Clowney - Poona Ford - Jarran Reed (post-suspention obviously) - Ezekiel Ansah along the defensive line to go with the trio of Mychal Kendricks - Bobby Wagner - K.J. Wright at linebacker.
Clowney is a three-time Pro Bowler with 18.5 sacks and 27 tackles for loss over his last two seasons. If and when he signs his franchise tender, he'll make $15.967 million in 2019. Seattle can easily pay him with more than $21 million in cap space (before cuts). The Seahawks wouldn't be able to negotiate a long-term deal until the offseason.
Buckle up, it's going to be an interesting Saturday.