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SportDeadline missed for Texans, Jadeveon Clowney to execute contract extension

23:30  15 july  2019
23:30  15 july  2019 Source:   texanswire.usatoday.com

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Deadline missed for Texans, Jadeveon Clowney to execute contract extension© USA TODAY USA TODAY

The Houston Texans and edge defender Jadeveon Clowney missed the deadline at 3:00 p.m. Central Time, July 15 to negotiate a contract extension.

Now, Clowney is only eligible to play under the one-year deal of the franchise tag, which has not yet signed. Both the Texans and Clowney are precluded from negotiations on an extension until after the conclusion of the 2019 season.

The Texans slapped Clowney with a linebacker tag, which Spotrac projects to be close to $17 million against the 2019 salary cap.

Part of the complication in signing Clowney to a long-term contract was not just whether or not the All-Pro edge defender was worth the money. The Texans are still on the rookie contract of 2017 first-round quarterback Deshaun Watson. Any extensions or big-money deals the Texans make are going to have to factor in how it impacts their negotiations with Watson and how much salary cap space the club will have.

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The Texans can afford the $17.0 million cap hit. According to Over the Cap, the Texans were projected to have $40.8 million on Monday prior to the 3:00 p.m. Central deadline. Houston still has the cap space to work out contract negotiations should they decide to make a trade, like they did at last year's deadline for Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas.

Now, the new watch becomes seeing when Clowney will show up at last for team activities. The former 2014 No. 1 overall pick has been absent from the offseason program, including organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. Why Clowney did not face any fines for missing minicamp was because he is technically still a free agent. However, the Texans retain his exclusive rights, so, he's not exactly an unrestricted free agent.

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Last season, Clowney missed much of the club's offseason program as he rehabbed from a late season knee injury and subsequent surgery. The former South Carolina Gamecock participated in off-field activities, including team meetings. This season, he has been away from team facilities, and that could factor in to how effective he is once the NFL season kicks off in New Orleans.

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