The Texans can't get a deal done with DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney after placing the franchise tag on him . Clowney won't sign the tag and now Houston is looking to trade him. When he missed the July 15th deadline to sign the franchise tag, he also locked himself into playing on the tag this season if he plays. Any team that trades for him is getting a player on a one year deal, with the hope they can sign him to a long-term deal after the season.
The Redskins also have a player that many people believe is on the trade block. Pro Bowl LT Trent Williams has been holding out since June 2nd, and there have been no signs that it will end soon. Bruce Allen stated in an interview yesterday that he expects Williams to end his holdout and play for the Redskins this year. Jay Gruden has also maintained that he believes the Redskins aren’t looking to trade Trent.
There’s been a lot of speculation that the Texans and Redskins could be talking about a trade involving their holdout players. The Redskins could be looking to get some value for Williams if he truly doesn’t want to play for the team again. The Texans need a left tackle to protect their young QB Deshaun Watson.
Aaron Wilson reported last night that the Texans have indeed inquired with the Redskins about making a trade for Clowney. The problem is they want Trent Williams, but the Redskins have told them they don’t plan on trading him. This is good news for people that want to see Williams protecting Case Keenum/Dwayne Haskins Jr.’s blindside this year and beyond.
This could also simply be a case of the Redskins not being interested in a 1 year rental at a position they just spent a 2nd this year on, along with a 2nd round pick next to trade up. If the Redskins traded Williams, they are reportedly looking for a 1st round pick and additional compensation. The Texans aren’t in that market, so this deal is dead in the water right now. Also Clowney has reportedly made it known he prefers being traded to the Eagles or Seahawks, and he has already met with Dolphins Head Coach Brian Flores.
The Texans have worked the phones and have reached out to multiple teams about a potential trade for the former top overall pick from South Carolina, including two of his preferred teams: the Seattle Seahawks and Philadelphia Eagles, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.
Other NFL teams the Texans are known to have spoken with, per sources, include Washington and the New York Jets.
Nothing has advanced with any of those teams, though.
Washington is regarded as a no-go at this time and they are unwilling to trade Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.