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Bleacher Report suggests Jadeveon Clowney could sign with the Raiders

Jadeveon Clowney

Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be one of the most highly sought-after free agents on the market this offseason, and Chris Roling of Bleacher Report feels that the Oakland Raiders could end up landing him.

This would essentially be the Raiders filling the gaping hole left by Khalil Mack, whom the team traded to the Chicago Bears for a pair of first-round draft picks prior to the season.

Of course, the general consensus is that Clowney will return to the Texans, but there is certainly no harm in teams like Oakland poking around to see if Clowney is interested.

Clowney has been named to his third-straight Pro Bowl after finishing with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown on the year.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of South Carolina, was originally selected by the Texans with the first overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Due to injuries and poor performance in general, Clowney looked like a colossal disappointment over his first couple of years in the league, playing in just four games during his rookie campaign and registering a mere 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his second season.

However, in his third year, Clowney broke out, finishing with 52 tackles and six sacks en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance. Then, the following season, the Rock Hill, S.C. native totaled 59 stops, 9.5 sacks, a couple of forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown.

Oakland went just 4-12 this season.