July 27, 2018 / 5:01 PM / 3 months ago

Report: Texans to hold off on new deal for linebacker Clowney

Outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney is expected to play out this season without a new contract with the Houston Texans, NFL Network reported.

FILE PHOTO: Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (90) warms up before the AFC Divisional playoff game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

Clowney, 25, is entering the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, which will pay him $12.3 million in 2018.

NFL Network reported health is a hurdle for the Texans given Clowney’s contract expectations.

For the duration of the offseason, Clowney was on the sideline recovering from a knee injury.

Clowney battled injuries through his first two seasons after going No. 1 overall in 2014, but has collected 15.5 sacks combined over the last two campaigns. He had 21 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hits last season after notching 16 and 17, respectively in 2016.

According to previous reports, Clowney expects his deal to exceed Von Miller’s six-year, $114 million pact.

It’s likely Clowney will closely monitor the status of contract talks between the Los Angeles Rams and defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who could raise the bar for defensive player contracts.

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