Ever since it’s been reported that the Houston Texans are actively shopping Pro Bowl pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, Birds fans have been speculating about how we can acquire him. With over $20 million in cap space at his disposal, Howie Roseman has the money to pull it off. The only real question is, who would be included from the Eagles’ side?
Most pundits have suggested the inclusion of Big V and a combination of daft picks should be the way to go, especially since Houston’s offensive line is their most glaring flaw.
While Clowney is one of the premiere pass rushers in the game, the fact that he isn’t signed to a long-term deal will lower his trade value a bit, so Big V plus a second and another late round pick could get a deal done. Not to mention that the Eagles will have the cap room to sign him once the season is over, making us a solid candidate to land this freak of nature.
The insertion of Clowney into an already stout front-seven would make Jim Schwartz’s defense better in almost every facet. The question marks surrounding our pass rush would instantly be solved, and our young secondary would also benefit greatly from another pass rusher getting heat on the QB.
The pass rushing rotation would look similar to the 2017 iteration, it’ll just be Clowney instead of Chris Long this time around. I love Chris Long just as much as the next guy, but replacing him with a talent like Clowney is a no-brainer. We would easily have the deepest defensive line in football.
We all know how much Schwartz loves versatility in his defensive ends as well, and Clowney is about as versatile as they come. He can line up at every position along the line and has even played some linebacker during his time in Houston.
There’s no reason not to pursue this guy, especially with the amount of cap room we have and how talented our roster already is. If winning another Super Bowl is truly the No. 1 goal heading into this season, Howie needs to everything in his power to bring Clowney to Philly.