As the Texans contemplate trade scenarios involving unsigned franchise player Jadeveon Clowney, they've been in touch with multiple NFL teams shopping the three-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker.
Authorization was granted by the Texans for Clowney to meet with Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores, but he is reluctant to play for a team he doesn't view as a contender after playing for an AFC South championship team last season that went 11-5.
Although the Dolphins are regarded widely in NFL circles as a frontrunner to land Clowney with Miami general manager Chris Grier talking with him weeks ago in advance of his visit last weekend, should he agree to report and sign his $15.967 million tender, they're not the only viable destination.
The Texans have worked the phones and have reached out to multiple teams about a potential trade for the former top overall pick from South Carolina, including two of his preferred teams: the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Other NFL teams the Texans are known to have spoken with, per sources, include Washington and the New York Jets.
Nothing has advanced with any of those teams, though.
Washington is regarded as a no-go at this time and they are unwilling to trade Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.
The Texans and Clowney are in a holding pattern as no trade can be struck until he signs his tender. Clowney recently fired longtime agent Bus Cook, a Mississippi-based veteran contract negotiator who had represented him since he declared early for the draft after his junior year of college. Cook has previously represented Brett Favre, Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss and represents Cleveland Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett.
Clowney is not in a rush to sign his tender or hire a new agent. He is being pursued by several of the top agents in the industry. Clowney is open to the prospect of not signing an agent at this time and representing himself.
Clowney is upset that the Texans placed him on the trading block. And Clowney is even willing to not sign his tender and miss regular-season games, at a cost of a $939,235 game check per week.
The Seahawks could use pass-rushing help with defensive lineman Jarran Reed suspended for the first six games due to a violation of the NFL personal-conduct policy.
Seattle has an extra second-round draft pick after trading Frank Clark this offseason to the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Seahawks have a surplus of running backs, including Rashaad Penny, and it's a position of need for the Texans after the season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered by Pro Bowl alternate running back Lamar Miller.
The Eagles also have offensive line depth and several running backs, making them a natural trade partner.
The Jets could use a pass rusher like Clowney to bolster their defense.