This trade will help the Seahawks move on from Frank Clark, who they traded away to the Kansas City Chiefs this off-season. They will also be without Jarran Reed for the first six games of the regular season due to a suspension, as he is coming off a 10.5-sack season a year ago. They did sign Ezekiel Ansah from the Detroit Lions last spring, who has been dealing with an injury late in the preseason. He did return to practice last week, and is on track to be active for their season opener.
FOX Sports was the first to report the trade for Clowney, who had openly discussed wanting a trade away from Houston. Those talks began earlier in the week, and the Miami Dolphins were said to be the team most interested in making it happen. Despite that, Clowney did have two top targets in his mind, which included the Seahawks, along with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 26-year-old made his third straight Pro Bowl last season, finishing with 47 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for 2018. He also ranked ninth in the NFL with 16 tackles for loss. The former first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft now has 53 tackles for loss over the past three seasons, ranking third in the league during that span. Despite those numbers, he has dealt with knee injuries throughout his career, including missing 15 games over his first two seasons. Since then he has missed just two games, but has been playing through injuries, showing off the toughness that will have him fit in perfectly in Pete Carroll's defense.