The Houston Texans and Jadeveon Clowney continue to work on a long-term contract with the nine-week offseason workout program underway. On March 4, the team placed the non-exclusive franchise designation on the defensive end/outside linebacker.
"That's the spirit of the franchise tag," Gaine said. "You know, there's a reason why we did that with every hope and intention to continuing to work on that. That's a negotiation, it's a process. It has to be a deal that makes sense for both sides, for the player, for the organization as it relates to short term and long term. That's still the plan."
Clowney, entering his sixth season, is coming off his third-consecutive Pro Bowl nod after recording 47 tackles (38 solo), 9.0 sacks, 21 quarterback hits, 16 tackles for loss, one pass defensed, one forced fumble and a career-high three fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown in 2018. The 2014 No. 1 overall draft selection missed just six games in four seasons after undergoing microfracture knee surgery his rookie year.
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