Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney says he never wanted to leave the Texans
While Clowney has to be enjoying his time on the 10-2 team, that does not mean he wanted to leave his first team.
According to Darin Gantt of ProFootballTalk.com, Clowney would’ve been more than happy if the Texans did not trade him.
“It was getting close to the time I said I’d come in, and all of a sudden [O’Brien] called me and said, ‘You need to come in and talk to us,’” Clowney said. “When I got there they’re talking about me signing the tender and going to the Dolphins. They said, ‘It’ll be good for you and good for us.’ I’m like, ‘Good for me? They’re gonna tank the season for a damn quarterback! Find me a team that can win, and I’ll sign the damn tender.’
“People say, ‘He was trying to leave.’ That’s a lie. I didn’t ask them to trade me. I didn’t even ask them to pay me any more. I just wanted to play one last year with my teammates. But hey, it’s part of the business. It was a business move, and I got the short end of the stick at the time. Now? It looks like I got the big end of the stick.”
Houston drafted Clowney back in 2014. He was the first-overall pick and has had some great years.
However, before the 2019 season started, a lot of drama started. There were rumors that Clowney wanted out of Houston in a bad way. This led to him being dealt to the Seahawks.
The pass rusher says that was not the case though. He would’ve been very happy staying with the Texans. It was true though that he was almost sent to the Dolphins, but did not want to go to a team he felt would be tanking for a quarterback.
At the time, the trade had to sting. It probably still does a little bit. Being on a 10-2 team definitely softens the blow though.