Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney still hasn’t signed his franchise tender and looks set to skip out both voluntary and mandatory workouts as he continues to wait on a long-term deal, which the Texans don’t seem eager to give him.

But despite his absence from the team’s offseason workouts, Texans head coach Bill O’Brien believes Clowney is working hard to prepare for the season and will be ready to go when he decides to rejoin the team.

“I have every belief and trust that JD is working on his own and getting ready for whenever he does decide to show up,” O'Brien said per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “JD has played good football for us. He knows what it takes to be ready for training camp and stuff like that. I'm not saying when he's going to be here. He could be here tomorrow, so don't put that in the headline.

“I have no idea when he's going to be here. It's up to him, but I do know we believe in the guys that are here and we're working hard with the guys that are here.”

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Clowney is coming off another strong season in 2018. He had nine sacks and 47 total tackles in 15 games.

Despite three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons, the Texans are apparently still reluctant to hand Clowney a huge long-term deal, in part because of his injury history.

But since he is looking to get paid — by the Texans or someone else — Clowney is almost certainly putting in the work to have another strong season.