Texans DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney says he would like to be back in Houston next year.
“Of course, I want to come back,” Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I promise to the Texans and whoever else is watching that I’m going to be a much better, improved player next season. I haven’t been thinking about a contract. If I come back and play well like I know I’m going to, contract will take care of itself. I’m going to work on my craft and work on my game. That’s what I’m worrying about.”
As for playing under the franchise tag, Clowney mentioned that he isn’t thinking about the possibility right now.
“We’ll talk about that when it comes,” Clowney said. “If I’m here or somewhere else, wherever I’m at next year, I’m going to make sure I’m an improved player, a much better player than I am this year. I can promise you that.”
Field Yates reports that Clowney was paid a bonus of $1.005 million to settle a dispute over whether he should qualify as a defensive end or an outside linebacker as it relates to the fifth-year option he played under this past season.
This is notable because it could also impact the franchise tag total if the Texans are forced to use the designation on Clowney next month.