When the Texans entered the offseason, two of their goals were to sign linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Benardrick McKinney to contract extensions.
McKinney, a second-round pick in 2015, signed a five-year, $50 million extension last week. He gets $21 million guaranteed.
Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, has yet to sign an extension. Before last season, the Texans exercised his fifth-year option for 2018, when he'll make $12.3 million.
I may be wrong, but I don't think the Texans will sign Clowney to an extension. He missed the on-field part of the offseason program to rehab a knee injury that required arthroscopic surgery in January. Until he shows them he's healthy, able to consistently stay on the field and play as well or better than last season, I don't see them committing long-term to him.
Coach Bill O'Brien said recently that Clowney assured him he would be on the field when the Texans start training camp in West Virginia on July 26. That would give them a six-week window to sign Clowney to an extension.
First-year general manager Brian Gaine's philosophy is the same as his predecessor, Rick Smith, in that there will be no contract negotiations during the regular season. That means the Texans would try to sign Clowney to a new contract next year or have to use the franchise tag on him. There's no way they'd let him leave as a free agent.