Before the Rams acquired DE Dante Fowler Jr from the Jaguars, Adam Schefter reports that the Rams made multiple trade inquiries for Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney before this year’s trade deadline, but Houston ultimately rebuffed their overtures.
According to Schefter, the Rams also made a push to trade for Bills DE Jerry Hughes, but were rejected by Buffalo.
Before that, the Rams were one of the interested in teams in trading for Khalil Mack, so they clearly did extensive work in the trade market for pass rush help.
In the end, Los Angeles traded away third- and fifth-round picks to the Jaguars for Fowler.
Clowney, 25, is a former No. 1 overall pick of the Texans back in 2014. He was in the final year of his four-year, $22.272 million contract when the Texans picked up his fifth-year option last year.
Clowney was classified as an outside linebacker, which drops his fifth-year option figure from $13.846 million down to $12.306 million for the 2018 season and comes out to a savings of $1.54 million.
Clowney will be an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
In 2018, Clowney has appeared in seven games for the Texans and recorded 23 tackles, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one defensive touchdown.
We have him featured in our Top 25 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.
Hughes, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Colts back in 2010. He spent three years in Indianapolis before he was traded to the Bills in 2013 for Kelvin Sheppard.
Hughes is in the fourth year of his five-year, $45 million contract that included $22.15 million guaranteed and set to make base salaries of $6.35 million over the final two years of the agreement.
In 2018, Hughes has appeared in eight games for the Bills and recorded 22 tackles, 4.5sacks, and three forced fumbles.