Report: Jadeveon Clowney, Texans will not sign long-term deal this year

By Michael Dixon

Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will have to wait on a new contract. The Texans and Clowney will reportedly not sign an extension this season.

This is somewhat surprising news. In April, it seemed like essentially a foregone conclusion that a long-term deal would be reached. Obviously, those talks didn’t go anywhere.

While the franchise tag makes this highly unlikely, Clowney is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Whether it’s in the way of a franchise tag or a long-term deal, Clowney is in line for a big pay day.

Clowney, the No. 1 pick in 2014, is coming off of a career year. He played in all 16 games for the first time in his career and recorded 9.5 sacks and 41 tackles, both career highs.