Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney isn’t expected to report to Houston's mandatory minicamp, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Houston handed the former first overall pick with the franchise tag in March, which would give him a $16 million paycheck this season. But Clowney reportedly wants a long-term deal that would make him one of the league leaders.
Comparable players like DeMarcus Lawrence from the Cowboys and Khalil Mack from the Bears signed contracts that earn them upwards of $21 million per season.
The team workout, which runs from Tuesday to Thursday at NRG Stadium, is the only required portion of the 11-week offseason program the Texans have in place until the training camp begins in late July.
Houston has until July 15 to work out a deal with Clowney before he will be required to play out the year on the franchise tag. Until then, he’s technically a player without a contract and can’t be fined for missing mandatory activities.
“If a guy like Clowney comes back, see where he is, we know what he can do when he is at the top of his game,” Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel told reporters. “So we work with the guys we got here and hopefully, they can get better so that if somewhere down the road they have to go in the game and play, they can play at a high level.”
The Texans will have to go through with talks while also trying to fill their general manager role after firing Brian Gaine last Friday less than 18 months after hiring him.
Clowney has been named to the Pro Bowl three seasons in a row and finished with 47 tackles and nine sacks in 2018. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2016. He has 29 total sacks and 64 tackles for loss since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2014.