HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – As expected, Jadeveon Clowney didn’t show up for day one of Texans’ training camp on Thursday.
Clowney, 26, had the franchise tag placed on him during the offseason, but has not signed the tender and didn’t get a deal done with the team prior to the July 15 deadline.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk cited a source saying that former Texans’ General Manager Brian Gaine and Head Coach Bill O’Brien disagreed on whether to make a long term commitment to Clowney, but O’Brien made it clear on Thursday that he wants Clowney back.
“I can tell you unequivocally that we want Jadeveon Clowney here. He’s part of this team, we want him here, there’s always a difference when you’re talking about money relative to wanting him on the team. That’s something that the agent and our organization are working on,” O’Brien said. “Relative to the player and the history that he and I have together, we would love to have him here. He’s a really talented football player that’s made a lot of good plays for us in the past. The sooner the better, would love to have him here.”
When Clowney decides to show up is anyone’s guess. Former Texan Cecil Shorts, who contributes to Sports Radio 610, said that sources close to Clowney told him that he would sit out until Week 1 if he didn’t get a deal done before the July 15 deadline.
“I’m not going to get into that,” O’Brien answered when asked about Clowney’s return date. “I would tell you that he’s working, he’s doing what he needs to do, when he decides he wants to be back, he’ll be back.”