Jadeveon Clowney will be playing under the final year of his rookie contract in 2018. It is safe to say that the Houston Texans are pleased with their former No. 1 pick and want to keep him around. So, it is only a matter of working out the details of a contract extension.
From what Albert Breer of SI.com is reporting, it sounds like the two sides are making progress on a “mega-extension” which will will help set expectations for Khalil Mack, and maybe even Aaron Donald.
“Word is the Texans and Jadeveon Clowney are making a lot of progress on a mega-extension. That one will set the floor for what Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack gets, and who knows what it will do to Rams DT Aaron Donald’s earning power.”
How much they are willing to pay is a mystery. Clowney did have some injury issues early in his career. Last season (his fourth in the league) was the first in which he played in all 16 games. He only played in four his rookie season, 13 the next, and then 14 in 2016.
Clowney will be just 25-years-old next season and will be hitting the prime of his career. With the team expecting to get J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus back in 2018, the Texans certainly have one of the most formidable pass rushes in the NFL.
Houston’s defense currently accounts for $89.3 million of the team’s salary cap (57.34 percent). J.J. Watt currently takes up the biggest chunk at $15 million followed by Clowney at $12.3 million. If Clowney’s new deal matches what Sportrac.com projects, he’ll become the highest paid defender on the team (six-years, $99.3 million; $16.55 M a year).