The 2019 NFL season continues to get underway as we have now reached the mandatory minicamps. The Houston Texans are without a very familiar face as Jadeveon Clowney will reportedly not be in attendance per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Back in March, the Texans placed the franchise tag on Clowney for the 2019 season that would earn him roughly $16 million, but Clowney is likely to holdout for a long term contract. In April, the Cowboys gave defensive end Demarcus Lawrence a five-year deal worth $105 million with $65 million guaranteed, surely Clowney is looking for something in that range.
Currently, Clowney is still technically a free agent of sorts; he is a player without a contract. With the Texans opting to designate him as a player to be tagged the Texans still control his negotiating rights, but since this doesn’t officially go into effect until 3:00 pm Central Time on July 15, Clowney cannot be fined for missing mandatory veteran minicamp because he is an unsigned player.
The Texans are of course dealing with all of this without a General Manager as they fired Brian Gaine this past Friday, less than 18 months after hiring him. Without a General Manager at the helm to get this situation under control it doesn’t appear it’ll get resolved soon.