Two days after reports surfaced that Houston Texans Pro Bowl pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney fired his agent and visited with the Miami Dolphins, a report Thursday indicates the interest in South Beach may be not be reciprocal.
At least if it involves departing with left tackle Laremy Tunsil.
Speaking with “a well-placed source,” the Miami Herald’s Adam H. Beasley reported that Dolphins players “would revolt” if the team sent Tunsil to Houston in a deal for Clowney. As reports came out mentioning a potential Tunsil-for-Clowney deal, the Dolphins reportedly told Tunsil’s camp the team has no plans to trade him.
Drafted 13th overall out of Ole Miss in 2016, Tunsil has played in 44 of a possible 48 games with Miami, starting all of them. He has two years and roughly $14 million remaining on his contract, after the Dolphins exercised his fifth-year option this offseason.
The 26-year-old Clowney has yet to sign his franchise tender, which is worth either $15,967,000 or $17,128,000 depending on the grievance over whether he’s a defensive end or an outside linebacker, and he has skipped all of training camp. He cannot be traded until the tender is signed, giving him leverage over any potential deal.
The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson has also reported that the Texans have discussed Clowney with numerous other teams, including Seattle and Philadelphia — reportedly two of Clowney’s preferred teams — as well as Washington and the New York Jets. Nothing of substance has advanced with any of these teams, according to the report.
And on Wednesday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported that upon hearing about the Texans’ interest in trading him, Clowney is now willing to carry his holdout into the regular season.
The No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of South Carolina, Clowney has flashed his edge-rushing skills after being limited by injuries at the start of his pro career. Clowney had 9.5 sacks in 2017 while starting every game, and he posted nine sacks last season while appearing in 15 games (14 starts). He has 21 quarterback hits in each of the last two years.
He has 29 sacks over the past four seasons and has earned Pro Bowl nods in each of the past three years.