Texans, Jadeveon Clowney making progress toward an extension

Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, with a salary this season of $12.3 million. But even that salary may be dwarfed by what Clowney will make soon.

Clowney and the Texans are making a lot of progress on negotiations for what’s described as “a mega-extension,” according to Albert Breer of SI.com.

Mike Minor (L), rostered in 6 percent of ESPN leagues, Texas Rangers vs. Toronto Blue Jays: Somewhat surprisingly, the Rangers signed Minor to start after he appeared to be carving out a career change as a dominant reliever. His first outing was a mixed bag, as five whiffs with two hits and a pair of walks in 4.2 innings is passable. However, he was lifted early after tossing 94 pitches and allowing two earned runs. This is a dangerous matchup, as the Jays can send up nine righty swingers, but if Minor can carry over any of the skills growth he displayed as a reliever, he should rack up whiffs with a chance at a win.

“I was talking to my friends and it was like, ‘What’s your goals?’” Pead told TMZ. “If they let me on the track, I’m going for the gold, period.”

Pead won state championships in the 100 meters and 400 meters in high school, so he knows something about running track. He said he was only recently fitted for a leg he can run on and hasn’t completely figured out the dynamics of running as an amputee, but he believes he’ll be ready for big things in two years.

The Thunder have an extremely wide range of potential finishing spots, with the No. 4 seed and home-court advantage being in the mix, if unlikely. Much more likely is a finish somewhere in the No. 6-9 range, with each of those four spots coming in at about 20 percent likely. Yes, that means there is still about a 20 percent chance, according to our simulations, that the Thunder could miss the playoffs.buccaneers_110

A big reason for the defensive stability was the emergence of Jadeveon Clowney.

And then there’s the defense. How good is this defense? The Texans lost three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt in Week 3 and still finished with the best defense in the NFL.

A big reason for the defensive stability was the emergence of Jadeveon Clowney. After two injury-plagued seasons, the 2014 No. 1 draft pick finally stayed healthy and dominated, becoming a disruptive force on the defensive line and earning his first Pro Bowl nod. In addition, Whitney Mercilus continued to terrorize opposing quarterbacks, recording 7.5 sacks.

If Watt comes back healthy, this could easily be the most fearsome pass-rushing trio in football. The front seven also got another reinforcement in the draft, with linebacker Zach Cunningham being a potential steal in the second round. This is an incredible unit, but as we’ve seen in the past few years, that hasn’t been enough to make the Texans true contenders.

That championship pedigree helped draw interest from American scouts, and he landed with the Bengals after a brief preseason stint with the Rams. The 5’7 slot receiver contributed immediately in his first NFL season, notching 23 receptions while emerging as an important safety valve for quarterback Andy Dalton.

That led the Browns to come calling in 2014, signing the elusive wideout away with a four-year, $13.2 million pact. He had the best season of his career that year, catching 63 passes for 824 yards before being thrown into the swirling cesspool of ridiculousness that is the Cleveland quarterback rotation. The club mercifully released him — and the $1.8 million he was due in 2017 — on Feb. 27.

The beginning of his year was still productive, though, as Hawkins graduated from Columbia University with a master’s degree and a 4.0 GPA.

Despite six years of NFL contributions, he may be most famous for posting one of the greatest Instagram videos of all time.nike_cardinals_1618