The Houston Texans aren't expected to reach an agreement with Jadeveon Clowney before the July 15 deadline to sign franchise-tagged players to long-term contracts, sources told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Clowney is reportedly expected to skip a significant portion of training camp, but he won't miss any regular-season games. The edge defender can't be fined for missing mandatory activities until he signs his franchise tender, which will cover the 2019 season and pay him $15.9 million.
Throughout the offseason, there have been no signs that the Texans and Clowney are making progress in contract talks.
Former Houston general manager Brian Gaine - who was shockingly fired after one season in June - and head coach Bill O'Brien disagreed on whether the team should sign Clowney long term, a source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
With Gaine gone and O'Brien helping to cover the GM duties this season, it appears the team will follow the head coach's preferred path with the former No. 1 overall pick.
Clowney, 26, is coming off his third straight Pro Bowl campaign. He notched 47 tackles and nine sacks in 15 contests last year.