Jadeveon Clowney looks like he wants to go back where it all started.
Clowney started his career with the Houston Texans after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, and he wouldn’t be opposed to a reunion.
“It would be nice,” he told Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston of potentially returning to the Texans. “All my family is here. Friends here. The guys I work out with can help me take care of my body a lot better being right up under them. … You never know. You never know what will happen. You never know what’s in front of you. I see what they’ve got here. They’re putting the pieces together.”
The 30-year-old is still a free agent after spending the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, where he recorded 11 sacks in 26 games. He was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Texans in his first five seasons, but hasn’t been one since, spending time with the Seattle Seahawks (2019) and Tennessee Titans (2020).
“I’m looking to bounce back this year,” he told Berman. “I’m not really worried about no timetable or where I end up or how it goes. I just want to continue to play the game I love.”
Clowney’s five years with the Texans saw four winning seasons and three playoff appearances, but the team has gone 11-38-1 in the previous three seasons.
Despite their bad misfortunes, Clowney feels Houston is showing some encouraging signs of growth for the future.
“I see they’re putting the pieces together,” he said. “I’m a big fan of their new head coach [DeMeco Ryans]. They’ve got some guys up front I think can go — Maliek [Collins] and they just got the rookie [Will Anderson] this year. It’ll be a big thing to see what they do this year. I’m looking forward to seeing what they do. Especially since I’m (based) here. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
The 30-year-old defensive lineman totaled 29 of his 43 career sacks in Houston, but hasn’t been able to make the same impact with other organizations around the league.
In 12 games in 2022, Clowney recorded 28 tackles, two sacks, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
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