Texans two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is going into the fifth-year option of his rookie contract and would like to get a long-term extension this offseason.
“Jadeveon, he’s now playing like the guy that they thought he was when he was selected number one overall,” said Bus Cook, Clowney’s agent, in an interview Tuesday with FOX 26 Sports at the Senior Bowl.
“He’s as good as anybody out there, better than most. He’s also just a great person, can’t ask for anybody better. He’s that guy, and I think they would be well-advised to keep him around and sign him to a long-term deal.
“As far as getting a deal done this year, it’s something that is achievable. We’ll just have to work at it and see.”
Texans owner Bob McNair said earlier this month he would like to extend Clowney and have him play his entire career in a Houston uniform.
“He’s a good player,” McNair said three weeks ago. “He plays hard.
“We want him to spend his career with us. So we’ll be working on that.”
Clearly both sides want to make it happen.
“He and I have been talking about it,” Cook said. “He’d like to get it done. He really would. It’s really important to him so he can get that behind him and focus just on football.
“I think with (general manager) Brian Gaine being there now it’s achievable. It’s something we can do.”
Clowney, selected to the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017, had career-highs in sacks last season with 9.5, tackles for loss with 21 and quarterback hits with 20.
In 2017 Clowney was the only player in the AFC, and one of only two players in the NFL, with at least 20 tackles and at least 20 quarterbacks hits.
The other was Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones.