The Texans lose Lamar Miller in a preseason game. Will the Philadelphia Eagles give serious thought to pursuing Jadeveon Clowney now?
Things shift quickly in the NFL, don’t they? Not too long ago, a trade was proposed that sent, in theory, Lane Johnson from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Houston Texans in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney. ‘Birds’ fans can disagree from time to time, as a matter of fact, the fan base has been split down the middle about whether they wanted Clowney or not. Still, every poll on that trade proposal resulted in a resounding ‘heck no’.
Here we are, at the time of this writing, on Saturday, August 24th at about 10:00 PM EST on the East Coast, and news of Lamar Miller being injured in a Texans preseason game has sent shockwaves through the NFL. Just like that, the Clowney-to-the-Eagles rumors have heightened again.
Not only do the Texans need help on the offensive line, but they also need a running back now. There’s probably not a ton of confidence in marching into the season with a mix of Duke Johnson and whoever makes the team out of a pool of names that includes guys like Karan Higdon, Buddy Howell, Taiwan Jones, Damarea Crockett, Cullen Gillaspia, and Josh Ferguson.
That’s not to say those guys don’t have talent. All of them do, but if the Texans jumped on the phone to find a running back, no one should be surprised.
The Texans franchised Clowney, probably with the intent to trade him. As you know, the Eagles are legitimate Super Bowl contenders, possibly in need of another pass rusher, and have the cap space to add Clowney if that’s their desire.
No, the Eagles aren’t parting with Lane Johnson or any of their tackles, but if Houston’s willing to take one (or maybe even two) of those running backs that won’t make the roster or are on the bubble (Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott, Donnel Pumphrey, and Josh Adams), everyone who was opposed to having Clowney on the roster might have their interest piqued a little.
Keep in mind, Eagles vice president and general manager Howie Roseman likes to wheel and deal with picks. Sometimes, it feels like he sees them as more of a commodity or collateral anyway.
The knock on Clowney is he’s, sometimes, lazy, and he takes plays off. He has a rep for being unmotivated, but if Philly can move some guys who won’t make the roster and give up a pick that won’t give them someone of Clowney’s potential, then what do they have to lose? pay attention to this one ladies and gentlemen. This rumor may pick up steam again.