Clowney can only sign the franchise tag. The deadline has passed. Same as if he's traded. He can only play this year on the franchise tag. He cannot sign a new deal with the texans or anyone else until after this season. Dont you remember the fuss around the deadline and him being offered a contract a couple weeks ago? If not then yeah, that's what that was all about. He has two options at this point. Play this year under the franchise tag or sit out.