The Dallas Cowboys were linked to a possible move for Houston Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. But will the Clowney to Cowboys trade happen before the start of the 2016 NFL season?
The Possible Cowboys-Texans Trade For Clowney
Previous reports indicated that the Dallas Cowboys should reach out to the Texans and ask about a possible trade for Clowney to solve their defensive line issues. Dallas will miss key defensive players when they open their campaign.
Cowboys defensive end and sack leader last season DeMarcus Lawrence will be serving a four-game suspension due to a failed drug test. Randy Gregory could also miss the entire season after entering drug rehabilitation program. This leaves the Cowboys with a leaner group of defenders for next season.
NFL columnist Randy Gurzi of NFL Spin Zone said that the Cowboys should consider trading for Clowney in exchange for Ronald Leary. Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox were also mentioned as possible trade baits.
Why The Deal Makes Sense For Dallas Cowboys, Clowney
The Texans might not agree to a one-on-one deal, which means the Cowboys might need to throw in a draft pick or two to make the happen. Acquiring Clowney will help Dallas address their questionable defensive line depth chart.
On the other hand, the deal could also work wonders for Clowney, who struggled in his first two seasons in the league. The 23-year-old tallied just 47 combined tackles and 4.5 sacks in his first two years in the league.
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The 2014 first overall pick was slowed down by injuries, which is one of the main reasons why he did not make an impact for Houston. However, Christopher Smith of Saturday Down South said that it has something to do with Houston’s 3-4 defensive system. Smith said that Clowney is not comfortable with the 3-4 scheme.
But according to Toro Times, Clowney is not going anywhere at this point. The notion about the 3-4 defensive scheme problem was also turned down. The report reiterated that Clowney will stay in Houston unless the Cowboys offer multiple first-round picks and a high-caliber player in the deal.