Two backups and a draft pick for the former number one overall pick
Texans deal Clowney for a paltry return
The Texans dealt defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney Saturday morning. SportsMap's Fred Faour says O'Brien has completed his transformation into a super villain.
The compensation is underwhelming
Trade terms, per sources ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 31, 2019
Seahawks get: DE Jadeveon Clowney
Texans get: 2020 third-round pick, DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LB Jacob Martin
The Texans got the same thing they would have earned had Clowney played a year and walked, which is a third round pick. The Seahawks get the second-best player on the Texans defense from last season.
The two players are both hopeful depth for the Texans pass rush.
Botched by Bill O'Brien
The Texans didn't trade Clowney back when other premier pass rushers were moved this offseason. Dee Ford and Frank Clark aren't as good as Jadeveon Clowney but went for MUCH higher compensation. The Texans reportedly checked in on trading Clowney but didn't get anywhere.
With no deal before the franchise tag extension deadline, Clowney's value plummeted. The Texans went from discussion about a starting left tackle in Miami to backup linebackers and a third round pick in a matter of days. Of course, that is because Clowney held all the cards.
The franchise tag let Clowney manipulate the situation. He won. He got what he wanted. He will play 2019 for a team which desires his services and could likely increase his value with another strong year of play.
O'Brien seemingly won in his eyes I am assuming. He went from wanting Jadeveon Clowney to not wanting him on the team. His reasoning is his own but the Texans didn't get better with this deal.
Questions still remain at running back and left tackle
The Texans still need a running back to pair with Duke Johnson and they could still use some help at left tackle. Matt Kalil is the projected starter at left tackle and the running backs on the roster besides Johnson have limited NFL snaps.
LeSean McCoy has been on the decline but might be one of the more worthwhile options.
Mingo might not have made the team
meet your clowney replacement pic.twitter.com/p8xgwqeWZB— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) August 31, 2019
One addition in the trade is former LSU standout and former first round pick Barkevious Mingo. There have been many who cover the Seahawks who have speculated Mingo would not have made the team.
He has played for four different teams, three in the past three years, and has 10 career sacks. He graded out as decidedly average overall according to Pro Football Focus and slightly above average in pass rush.
Hope for Martin
Jacob Martin is a former sixth round pick for the Seahawks. He graded out as decidedly average overall according to Pro Football Focus and slightly above average in pass rush the same as Mingo. He has three sacks last year and 19 hurries.