The NFL regular season is less than two weeks away, and the Philadelphia Eagles are still part of trade rumors involving Jadeveon Clowney. Might the Redskins be a more realistic destination?
This could be an erroneous statement, but ever since Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney began voicing his displeasure with his contract situation, it doesn’t seem like there’s been a week where his name hasn’t been associated with the Philadelphia Eagles by somebody. With the cap number Clowney commanded, and with the amount of cap space Philly had (and their known love for pass rushers), it seemed, by some, that Clowney to Philly made perfect sense.
That’s an argument that still splits the fan base in half sometimes, but as time has gone on, we’ve learned the Texans have a steep asking price for Clowney. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone.
Now, if there was no $15.9 million contract hanging over the head of whatever organization employs him in 2019 and if the Eagles didn’t need to re-sign him after this season, adding Clowney might be the worth somewhat of a risk.
Lamar Miller‘s injury reintroduced the topic of Clowney being traded to Philly somewhat. ‘The Birds’ have a few decent running backs and, possibly, some draft picks that they might be willing to move, but the only thing is the Texans need an offensive tackle, especially on the right side, more than they need a running back. With that being said, might the Washington Redskins be a more realistic trade partner?
They have a nice commodity that could intrigue Houston in the form of Trent Williams. That would solve some of the Texans’ offensive line issues, keep Deshaun Watson upright, and give the Redskins another pass rusher. There’s just one thing. Washington only has $8.9 million in cap space currently.
Still, if they moved Williams and the $10.8 million that he’s due in 2019, some juggling could still bring them under cap standards and make this a deal that works for one of Philly’s biggest rivals. That wouldn’t be good news as the Eagles coaches would, then, have to prepare for the likes of Clowney, Jonathan Allen, Daron Payne, Ryan Kerrigan, and, now, Montez Sweat twice a year.
It doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, does it?