TheSeattle Seahawksreeled in a huge fish without using much bait.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Saturday that theSeahawkstraded forHouston Texansfranchise-tagged pass rusherJadeveon Clowneyin exchange for a third-round pick, linebacker Jacob Martin and pass rusherBarkevious Mingo, per sources informed of the situation.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, theTexansagreed to pay $7 million toward Clowney’s salary to complete yesterday’s trade with theSeahawks, who agreed not to franchise tag Clowney a second time next year, per source.
The trade is a coup forSeahawksgeneral manager John Schneider.
Not only did theSeahawkssecure a pass rusher who fits perfectly into Pete Carroll’s system, but didn’t have to break up their offensive line or give up a prominent piece to get Clowney. And if Clowney leaves in free agency — the team can’t begin negotiations on any potential long-term deal until after the season — Seattle could recoup that third-rounder with a compensatory pick.
Schneider: Win, win, win.
Clowney could explode in Seattle’s 4-3 scheme like we’ve seen from previous veterans heading to the Pacific Northwest. The 26-year-old is one of the best edge run defenders in the entire league. He’s a freakish athlete who can steamroll tackles, demands double teams, can move inside, and will excel in twists and stunts.
Meanwhile,Texanscoach and de facto GM Bill O’Brien will have to explain what on paper appears to be an extremely lopsided trade. Though at the end of the day it was one of a flurry of trades on an all-time crazy day for the Houston franchise, which also traded theDolphinsfor left tackleLaremy Tunsilin another blockbusterand garnered running backCarlos Hydein a dealwith theChiefs.
Trading Clowney for pennies on the dollar when Houston could have gotten a lot more compensation earlier in the offseason (when clubs could have tried to work out an extension with the pass-rusher before the July 15 deadline) speaks to the franchise’s misplay and lack of foresight.
There is also the question of why theTexanswere so eager and willing to part with a difference-making player like Clowney when they didn’t need the cap space in the short-term.
Mingo has never lived up to his hype, the third-round pick is what could have been had in compensation if Clowney left in free agency, and Martin is an unknown LB stuck in a backup role in Seattle.
â€” Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 31, 2019
For fans in Seattle, the move should be met with confetti.
TheSeahawkshad major pass-rush questions after tradingFrank Clarkthis offseason. First-round pickL.J. Collieris rehabbing an offseason ankle injury, and free-agent signee Ziggy Ansah remains a question mark after dealing with several injuries the past few seasons.
Putting that corps together without hurtingRussell Wilson‘s offense should immediately improve Seattle’s title odds.
Clowney’s new teammates were quick to celebrate the move on Twitter.
Me: So you telling me youâ€™re not chasing me anymore?@ClowneJD: â€œNah bro…all other QBsâ€
Me: okay weâ€™re cool weâ€™re cool.. ï¿½ï¿½
Welcome to the squad bro! ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½pic.twitter.com/jiU5lXt2Dw