The Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans will collide on Thursday night at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Interestingly, the two clubs were linked to each other in recent NFL trade rumors.
According to Saturday Down South, the Cowboys should acquire Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney. The former first overall pick has yet to find his mark in the league and a change of scenery could change his fortunes.
Injuries aside, Clowney is reportedly struggling to reach his peak because he is uncomfortable playing under the 3-4 defensive scheme. It led to arguments on whether or not the 23-year-old has a future in Houston.
The Cowboys were tipped as a potential landing spot, as they are using a 4-3 defense, which is reportedly Clowney’s preferred system. But while there is no imminent deal at this point, the Cowboys will get a glimpse at Clowney — their possible defensive star in the future.
The Cowboys will test his mettle on Thursday through their offensive attack headlined by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott. On the other hand, Clowney will also see how the Cowboys are running their defensive system. The upcoming game could eventually give both parties idea on whether to pull the trigger on a possible trade.
But who will the Cowboys give up for Clowney? As reported by NFL Spin Zone, the Cowboys could land the young linebacker for guard Ronald Leary. Barry Church or J.J. Wilcox were also mentioned as possible trade baits.
But are the Texans really giving up Clowney after just two seasons? Only time can tell, but Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel sounded like they are exercising patience on Clowney’s case. Crennel said that they are interested in seeing how Clowney will respond to the challenge in the upcoming season.
“You know everybody in this league is pretty good,” Crennel told Houston Chronicle. “He’s going to run into some guys where he’ll have to use some alternative stuff and he has that in his repertoire. He’s been working on it. We’ll keep working and see how good he can become.”