One day before the Texans traded away franchise player Jadeveon Clowney, coach Bill O’Brien said that there was a difference of opinion on the value of the former top overall pick contractually.
As the Texans traded the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher to the Seahawks on Saturday in exchange for a third-round draft pick and Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin, the defending AFC South champions paid Clowney extra to finalize and sweeten the trade for the cap-strapped Seahawks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
The Texans, when the trade is completed after physicals are passed, will pay Clowney a $7 million signing bonus, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly. The Seahawks will pay Clowney’s base salary, the remainder of his total $15.967 million franchise tender that he signed on Saturday after the trade was completed.
This financial concession shows how determined the Texans were to pay Clowney after his relationship with O’Brien, who has been operating as a de facto general manager with Brian Gaine fired, and the team deteriorated after he was openly shopped throughout the NFL and then refused to play for the Miami Dolphins after visiting with coach Brian Flores and talking with general manager Chris Grier.
The Seahawks are essentially renting Clowney and agreed not to make him their franchise player in 2020. They can’t sign him to a long-term deal until after the season because the July 15 deadline to sign franchise players to long-term deals has expired.