Texans place non-exclusive franchise tag on Clowney

KRISTIE RIEKEN
Associated Press
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney moves toward the action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. The Houston Texans have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 23, 2018, file photo, Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney moves toward the action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, in Philadelphia. The Houston Texans have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

The Houston Texans have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on defensive end/outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney.

The move doesn't close the door for the Texans to sign the edge rusher to a long-term deal. General manager Brian Gaine says: "Our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract. This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so."

Houston will offer Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 draft, a one-year guaranteed contract for an amount based on position. Because Houston used the non-exclusive tag on Clowney, he can sign immediately or attempt to get an offer sheet from another team. If he is given an offer sheet, the Texans would have the chance to match it.

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In that scenario, if the Texans did not match the offer, the new team would have to give up two first-round picks as compensation for taking the franchise player.

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