ESPN.com’s Mike Sando compiled a list Tuesday of five blockbuster NFL trades he’d like to see happen. Among them: a deal that would send Pro Bowl edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney to the pass-rush-needy New England Patriots. In this scenario, the Houston Texans trade Clowney to New England in exchange for the Patriots’ first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (31st overall). Sando included a note that “NFL executives proposed, vetted and/or heard rumors about all five of these deals,” meaning at least a few higher-ups around the league believe this swap is theoretically possible. “If the Texans think J.J. Watt will justify his current expensive contract for years to come,” Sando wrote, “they could have reservations about paying Clowney even more. This deal would help Houston recoup an early pick after sending its second-rounder to Cleveland in the Brock Osweiler deal (last March).” Would it be a smart move for the Patriots? Good question. Clowney, a Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons and first-team All-Pro in 2016, is an elite pass rusher coming off the best statistical season of his career. The 25-year-old recorded 9 1/2 sacks and 21 quarterback hits in 2017, finished second in the NFL in tackles for loss with 21 and added two interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, all while playing in 16 regular season games for the first time in his career. He’s a beast, plain and simple.
Should Patriots Consider This Hypothetical Jadeveon Clowney Trade Proposal?
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