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Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney may not get contract extension before 2018 season

Jadeveon Clowney, Texans

The Houston Texans have one of the most talented defenses in the NFL. When healthy, an argument could be made that they have the best defense in the league with the two-headed monster of Jadeveon Clowney and superstar J.J. Watt leading the way.

However, this NFL offseason was expected to be one to remember for Clowney who was on pace to sign a lucrative contract extension with the Texans before the upcoming 2018 NFL season. Now it appears that extension may have to wait a year, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

I may be wrong, but I don’t think the Texans will sign Clowney to an extension. He missed the on-field part of the offseason program to rehab a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery in January. Until he shows them he’s healthy, able to consistently stay on the field and play as well or better than last season, I don’t see them committing long-term to him.

Although that might not be ideal initially for Clowney as every professional athlete wants to get paid what they’re worth as soon as possible, it may set up another solid season for the 25-year-old. There’s no doubt Clowney is as talented as they come at defensive end, but there reasons for concern from the team’s side of things due to his struggles to stay healthy during his NFL career thus far.

However, Clowney is coming off the best season of his career since being selected No. 1 by Houston in the 2014 NFL Draft. The South Carolina product played in all 16 games for the Texans recording 41 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries, and two forced fumbles.