Following record-breaking extensions for Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack, Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is ready to become the next member of the 2014 draft class to land a monster extension.
While the 25-year-old hasn’t performed up to expectations since being drafted No. 1 overall, Clowney hopes to one day be paid similar to his peers from the 2014 draft class.
“Always, always,” Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I came out with them guys. Of course, I want to be up there with them.”
Both Donald and Mack received six-year deals worth over $130 million with more than $86 million guaranteed. They were each coming off phenomenal seasons, while Clowney has battled injuries throughout his career. The timing is something he said plays a big role in a player getting paid.
“Timing, it’s all about timing in everything about this league,” Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Injuries happen. You get paid at a certain time. You hit the market at the right time. They hold out. They got what they deserve. I think those guys deserve those contracts.”
Clowney played in 16 games for the first time in 2017 and set a career-high in sacks (9.5), tackles (59) and forced fumbles (two).
Set to make $12.03 million in the final year of his rookie contract, another strong year on the field without any serious injuries could provide Clowney the momentum and timing he needs to join his peers with a massive long-term contract.