The Jets need a pass rusher. Could Texans star Jadeveon Clowney be an option?
Ahead of Thursday's NFL draft, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Texans are open to trading Clowney, whom they franchise tagged last month.
However, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has reported Houston wants to sign the 26-year-old Clowney to a contract extension.
Clowney, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 draft, recorded nine sacks and 47 combined tackles in 15 games for the Texans, half a sack shy of his career high set in 2017. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons.
The Jets, who entered free agency with a glaring need for a pass rusher, signed former Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley to a five-year deal earlier this offseason, and could target any number of pass rushers with the No. 3 pick.
This year's draft class features players like Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen and Ed Oliver, among others.
The Jets missed out on several other pass rushers during free agency. Dante Fowler Jr. re-signed with the Rams, while Frank Clark, DeMarcus Lawrence, Grady Jarrett and Dee Ford were all tagged. Clark was traded from the Seahawks to the Chiefs earlier this week.