Texans Trade Clowney, get Nowhere Close to the Return the Raiders got for Mack

No Raider fans seem to want to talk about the Khalil Mack trade (take your guesses as to why), but given what the Texans got in exchange for Jadeveon Clowney, it’s a good time to revisit the trade that sent Mack to Chicago.

Where the trades were similar is that both teams traded their star defensive players at a less than ideal time. The Raiders dealt Mack and didn’t get anything in return for a year, while the Texans traded Clowney at a time when his new team (Seattle) was unable to negotiate a new deal – in other words, the Seahawks are potentially only renting Clowney for a year.

No one was giving up a premium pick for a rental.

What the Texans could have done is kept Clowney this year, let him leave in free agency, and collected similar compensation in the form of a compensatory pick in two years. And unlike Mack, Clowney was at one time willing to play out the franchise tag this year and leverage a new deal next year.

As for the actual compensation, the Texans were able to add Barkevious Mingo and Jacob Martin from Seattle, but neither player should have Houston fans doing cartwheels. A third round pick from Seattle historically gives the Texans about a 50/50 shot at adding a future starter in the draft.

The Raiders managed to get two first-round picks in the Mack deal, as well as third and sixth-round picks, which would started off a lot better for Jon Gruden and company if the Bears hadn’t played so well a year ago. There was also the second-round pick the Raiders inexplicably sent to Chicago with Mack that could turn out to be a high second-round pick if the Raiders don’t turn things around this year.

Bottom line, though, is the Raiders should end up getting two or three starters for Mack while the Texans are just as likely to end up with none.

What a mess, Houston.

Didn’t love the Mack compensation, but what the Texans got for Clowney was a whole new level of awful… and then some.

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5 thoughts on “Texans Trade Clowney, get Nowhere Close to the Return the Raiders got for Mack

  1. Yeah Raiders beat of ckurse not stop trying to mske that horrible trade last year look good

  2. Yeah Raiders beat of ckurse not stop trying to mske that horrible trade last year look good. We all know Clowney isn’t in the same league as Mack

  3. Maybe because Clowney is no where near the caliber of player Mack is. He doesn’t have one season of double digit sacks. He doesn’t lead the league in hurries. He is Not Khalil Mack.

    1. Oh my dam goodness…. I was thinkin the same thing. Im sittin here like, huh? How in the world they comparing this to mack…. Clowney aint no scrub, but he aint khalil Mack. Not even close.

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