Wilson says that things are “status quo” right now between the Texans and Clowney, who will play out the 2019 season under the franchise tag.
According to Wilson, Clowney is likely to miss at least a “major portion” of training camp, but should be back for the start of the regular season.
Prior reports mentioned that the decision to not sign Clowney to a long-term team may have played some role in the decision to fire GM Brian Gaine.
Houston the franchise tag on him back in March, which will cost them $15,967,200 for the 2019 season.
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 which paid him $12.306 million for 2018.
Clowney will once again be in position to test the open market as an unrestricted free agent in 2020.
In 2018, Clowney appeared in 15 games for the Texans and recorded 47 tackles, 9 sacks, a forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, one defensive touchdown and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 overall edge defender out of 103 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on Clowney and the Texans as the news is available.