The Dolphins are very interested in trading for Jadeveon Clowney, the Houston Chronicle reported Tuesday, citing unidentified league sources, and the franchised Texans pass-rusher has met in person with Dolphins coach Brian Flores, according to NFL Media.
The key to Clowney being traded to the Dolphins is “to get him interested in going there,” according to the Chronicle, which added that Clowney prefers the Seahawks or Eagles as a potential destination.
The Miami Herald reported that the Dolphins and Texans had “re-engaged” to explore a possible trade and that the Dolphins “consider themselves the leader in the sweepstakes to land the pass rusher.”
The situation is fluid because Clowney has leverage as an unsigned franchise player, per the Chronicle, but it’s made even more fluid by news that broke Tuesday that he has fired his agent, Bus Cook (per NFL Network).
It’s unclear what that move means in terms of Clowney’s future.
He has yet to sign his one-year, $15.967 million tender (or $17.128 million depending on the grievance ruling over whether he’s a defensive end or an outside linebacker). As recently as Saturday, Texans coach Bill O’Brien said “ball’s in his court.”
Clowney originally was expected to return to Texans camp in the coming days, so he could ready for the start of the regular season — when players begin to be paid the bulk of the annual salary.