NFLPA expected to file grievance against Texans for Jadeveon Clowney franchise tag

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.

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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.

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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