Jadeveon Clowney is frustrated with the Houston Texans. Clowney and the team failed to agree on a long-term deal Monday, meaning Clowney will play out this season on the franchise tag. While that will guarantee Clowney makes a nice chunk of change in 2019, he might receive less than he deserves.
Clowney could miss out on nearly $2 million next season depending on whether he’s classified as a defensive end or linebacker under the franchise tag. It has reached a point where the NFLPA is expected to get involved, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
NFLPA is anticipated to file a grievance against Texans over the position assigned to franchise DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney, per league sources. The Texans labeled Clowney a “DE/LB”, but a LB tag carries a $1.698 million lower salary with it than the DE tag would. So issues on issues.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 15, 2019
Clowney was tagged as a DE/LB. As Schefter notes, those two positions offer different franchise tag values. If Clowney is considered a linebacker, he’ll make $15.4 million in 2019. But if he’s considered a defensive end, that figure shoots up to $17.1 million, according to Over The Cap.
The 26-year-old Clowney might have a case to be paid more. He played more snaps at defensive end last year, according to Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.
Clowney played the vast majority of his snaps at DE last season. https://t.co/rEuTzpnY4U
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) July 15, 2019
In 15 games last season, Clowney racked up nine sacks, 16 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hits.
Clowney has not attended offseason workouts with the Texans. He’s expected to miss “a good portion” of training camp due to the tag, according to Shefter.
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