How cheaply could Hawks get Clowney?

Logo -- PreseasonWould Houston take Barkevious Mingo and C.J. Prosise for Jadeveon Clowney? Or maybe some combination of those two players and a third- or fourth-rounder?

Because that’s all Seattle should want to offer for a one-year rental who would eat up $16 million in cap space.

Houston reportedly has called Seattle (among others), and the Seahawks apparently are on Clowney’s preferred short list (with the Eagles). There’s no word yet on what the Seahawks think of all of this.

The Texans reportedly would take a second-rounder or a lower pick plus an offensive lineman, running back or wide receiver. Clowney has a lot of say in what happens because he has not signed his franchise tender, so Seattle might be able to get him in exchange for the versatile Mingo, the enigmatic Prosise and/or a pick.

We previously said sending a second-rounder and paying $16 million for one year didn’t make sense for a team that didn’t want to keep Frank Clark, but dealing a couple of bubble guys with a pick they probably would get back a year later and clearing an extra $4 million in cap space by moving Mingo would be more palatable.

The Seahawks are planning to feature Prosise in the final preseason game tonight — hoping he can keep it rolling after his big game last weekend. That might help him appeal to the Texans, who just lost starter Lamar Miller (ACL) for the season.

Mingo, who played linebacker for Seattle last season, has been working almost exclusively as a pass rusher this preseason. He hasn’t been overly effective, but maybe he could help Houston fill the Clowney void this year.

“He hasn’t been as productive as we would like to have seen (as a rusher),” Pete Carroll said Wednesday. “But he’s working really hard, he’s a fantastic special-teams player and a real leader in that group. We think a lot of what he brings to this team. He’s a special kid; he’s got a great motor.”

Even if the Hawks sent Prosise and a third to Houston, Mingo still would have to go so they could keep their cap space around $8 million entering the season.

Assuming the Hawks did not re-sign Clowney next year, they likely would recoup that third-rounder in 2021 as compensation for losing him on a megadeal to another team. So basically they would defer the third-round pick for a year while giving up a couple guys they didn’t need anyway.

If Houston would go for it, the Hawks would just need to decide whether they wanted to rent Clowney for $12 million.

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