When the news of the trade between the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans for Jadeveon Clowney broke on Saturday morning, interest was immediately piqued as to what the compensation for the trade would be. Initial rumors suggested that the Seahawks could be sending an offensive lineman or two, possible Germain Ifedi or Justin Britt, to the Texans in exchange for Clowney.
However, once it became clear that the draft pick being sent to Houston was a third round pick and the players going from Seattle to Houston were Jacob Martin and Barkevious Mingo, fans and observers alike immediately lauded how great a trade it was for Seattle. Then, new reports on Sunday morning emerged showing how John Schneider swindled the GM-less Texans even more than originally believed.
Capper to Saturday’s trade: Houston paid Jadeveon Clowney a $7 million signing bonus while Seattle is paying the remaining $8 million of his salary, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2019
Seattle also promised not to tag Clowney after this season, per source.
So, not only will Seattle get Clowney for the 2019 season in exchange for a player who was likely to be cut, a rotational depth piece and a draft pick that has a low probability of working out, the Texans are paying nearly half of Clowney’s salary. Adding that on top of the fact that the Seahawks saved several million in cap space by unloading Mingo on the unsuspecting Texans, and the net cap cost of having Clowney on the roster for Seattle in 2019 will be roughly $5M.
I’m going to say that again, just because it’s so absolutely ridiculous. Jadeveon Clowney’s net cap hit for the Seattle Seahawks in 2019 will be somewhere in the $5M range.
The fact that the Seahawks have agreed not to franchise tag him again following the 2019 season seems to all but guarantee that Clowney is a one year rental. Amusingly, the non-netted cap hit of $8M will actually be effectively identical to the cap hit that Sheldon Richardson carried in 2017 after being acquired from the New York Jets. The difference, of course, being that Richardson was a one-time Pro Bowl player coming off a 1.5 sack season where he had all of 9 quarterback hits. In contrast, Clowney is a three time Pro Bowl defensive end who has 18.5 sacks and 42 quarterback hits over the last two years.
Basically, as best as I can say this, the Seahawks got the better part of this deal in every which way imaginable. If this were a fantasy football trade the GM would disallow the transaction as too lopsided, but I guess having spent several years watching the mismanagement of the San Francisco 49ers I shouldn’t be too surprised when a team is run poorly by the son of the owner.
In any case, this might be the greatest swindling of any team by the Seahawks in franchise history, not just in the past but in the decades to come. Thus, as you’re enjoying the destruction of the opposition by Clowney this season, make sure to remain thankful for the management structure that the Seahawks have in place.