O'BRIEN AT THE COMBINE ON KEY DEFENSIVE FREE AGENTS

O'Brien desires Mathieu reunion, mum on Clowney and Jackson

Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson
Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

After five years with the Texans Jadeveon Clowney is headed to free agency barring a new contract or franchise tag. Texans head coach Bill O'Brien was tight-lipped at the NFL Scouting Combine about the defensive star's future passing the burden of answering those questions to the front office.

"We're in that time period now where there's a lot of different things going on relative to our team relative to our roster and I would just tell you I'd leave anything that has to do with free agency or things like that to [general manager] Brian [Gaine]."

Clowney was in the news last week when NBC's Peter King said he didn't believe Clowney worked as hard as his teammates on the Texans.

O'Brien passed on the opportunity to address those comments directly.

"I don't comment on what other people say," he said. "I've had a really good experience with JD [Jadeveon Clowney]. He's played good football for us. He's a good person. Enjoyed coaching him. Again, it's the business side of things. I have nothing but good things to say about [Clowney]."

As for Tyrann Mathieu, O'Brien heaped praise on the safety who is set to be a free agent.

"He's a guy that really meant a lot to our locker room," O'Brien said touting that Mathieu was named a team captain after being with the Texans just a few months. "I think that says a lot about the impact he had not just as a player, he's a good football player he's a smart football player a versatile player, but also what he meant leadership-wise in the locker room."

He ended his comments on Mathieu with a desire to be reunited with the safety.

"There's no doubt that we would love to have Tyrann back."

O'Brien also weighed in on fellow Texans safety and free agent to be Kareem Jackson. He praised Jackson's versatility and leadership qualities. He went on to say "Kareem's been a good player" for the Texans.

O'Brien said free agency and the offseason is a process and a business while using the cliche it takes two to tango. He directed most of those questions to general manager Brian Gaine who speaks on Thursday.

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