Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the anchor of the Texans defense that led the NFL last season in fewest yards allowed, is now under the team's control through the 2018 season.
The Houston Chronicle reported Friday the Texans have picked up Clowney's fifth-year option for 2018. This upcoming season would have been thefinal year of Clowney's four-year rookie contract.
The Chronicle reports that Houston GMRick Smith typically extends players with one year left on their contracts, meaning Clowney could sign a contractextension some timebefore the 2018 season begins.
Clowney, who battled injuries his first couple of seasons, finally had the year in 2016 the Texans envisioned when they picked him No. 1 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. He had six sacks and 12 tackles for a loss.