HOUSTON — The Texans have used their franchise tag on defensive end/outdoor linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, the group launched Monday.

The group used the non-exclusive franchise designation which suggests a group can sign Clowney to a proposal sheet as quickly as free firm begins subsequent week nonetheless should surrender two first-round draft picks if the Texans choose to not match it.

“Today, we have placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, but our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract,” Texans regular supervisor Brian Gaine talked about in an announcement. “This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so.”

Teams have until July 15 to reach a long-term contract with a tagged participant. If not, an extension should wait until after the widespread season.

The Texans opted to let the first whole determine of the 2014 draft play on his fifth-year risk in 2018 — at a base wage of $12.306 million — fairly than sign him to a long-term deal, although Gaine talked about on the time there have been discussions about an extension sooner than the season.

The Texans did not specify a place when asserting the switch. The one-year franchise tag is projected to be worth $17.128 million for defensive ends. The tag for linebackers is predicted to be $15.443 million.

Clowney, who was named to his third consecutive Skilled Bowl closing season, accomplished the 2018 season with 47 tackles, 9 sacks, a pressured fumble and a fumble restoration. He moreover had 16 tackles for a loss, which tied for ninth throughout the NFL closing season, and now has 53 tackles for loss since 2016, which ranks third throughout the league.

The 26-year-old Clowney struggled with knee accidents early in his occupationmissing 15 video video games in his first two seasons. In 2016, he carried out through wrist and elbow accidents, exhibiting in 14 video video games and made the Skilled Bowl for the first time. Since, he’s missed just one recreation over two seasons.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien praised Clowney in his end-of-season data conference, saying he understands the NFL is a enterprise, nonetheless that he thinks “very highly” of Clowney.

“I think he’s a disruptive player,” O’Brien talked about. “Jadeveon is a big part of what we’ve done here. Like I always say, when he feels good, health-wise, and he’s ready to rock-and-roll, he’s hard to handle.”

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