The Houston Texans put the franchise tag on defensive standout Jadeveon Clowney on Monday.
According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the tag is non-exclusive, meaning the Texans can match any offer the pass rusher gets in free agency or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.
McClain also reported that the player and team will continue to work out a long-term contract and used the franchise tag as a precautionary measure.
“We have placed the franchise tag on Jadeveon Clowney, but our goal is to continue to work with his representation on a long-term contract,” Texans General Manager Brian Gaine said on the team’s website. “This gives us both an opportunity to continue to do so.”
The two sides have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. Clooney is set to make $15.967 million next season should he agree to sign the tender.
Since being drafted with the top overall pick in 2014, Clowney has been a consistent force in the Houston defensive front.
He only played in four games his rookie year but has seen the field in at least 13 games over the last four seasons. He has more than 200 tackles, 29 sacks and five fumble recoveries in his five-year NFL career.
His best year came in 2017 when he racked up 59 tackles and 9.5 sacks in 16 games and earned his second Pro Bowl selection.