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Keeping Jadeveon Clowney on the Franchise Tag Is the Best Move Texans Can Make

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Assuming he reports to the team at some point before Week 1 in September, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft will make just under $1 million per game this year under the tag.It's not a perfect solution—playing on a one-year deal won't sit well with the 26-year-old, and there are already reports that Clowney will sit out most (if not all) of training camp and possibly the preseason.But for as talented as the three-time Pro Bowler might be, Clowney hasn't yet proved to be worth a long-term contract that could come in well over $100 million. Despite playing on the same defense as J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, Clowney has yet to produce a 10-sack campaign.Dee Ford, who entered the league the same year as Clowney and just signed a five-year $85.5 million extension with the 49ers after being tagged and then traded by the Kansas City Chiefs, has more sacks than Clowney—in far fewer snaps.There's also Houston's salary-cap situation. This is why the franchise tag exists—and why so many players hate it.Houston's made some questionable moves this offseason, whether it was letting key pieces in the secondary, such as Tyrann Mathieu and Kareem Jackson, walk in free agency or deciding the team doesn't even need a general manager.But while extending Clowney may appear to be a no-brainer to some, taking the safe, steady route with his contract is the right move.Atlanta to sign star DT to 4-yr, $68M deal to beat franchise tag deadlineAtlanta to sign star DT to 4-yr, $68M deal to beat franchise tag deadline

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