Speculation was that the Houston Texans’ Pro Bowl defender, Jadeveon Clowney, was involved in trade talks with the Dolphins. Don’t count on any deal. Here’s why.

TAMPA — Only a game-wrecker on the level of Jadeveon Clowney could be exactly what the Dolphins need and exactly what they do not need at the same time.


Clowney, the Houston edge defender and former No. 1 overall pick, isn’t happy to be stuck with the Texans’ franchise tag. That led to speculation about potential Dolphins interest on Tuesday that ebbed and flowed in about as much time as it takes Clowney to go from snap to sack.


It’s unlikely to happen, which is as it should be.


Clowney is an elite talent at a position the Dolphins desperately lack. A position that can change games.


Perhaps by putting together the needs and desires of the three sides (Dolphins, Texans, Clowney), that triggered the speculation. The Texans desperately want a franchise left tackle and are ready to deal Clowney, according to The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. So it would have made sense if they checked on Laremy Tunsil’s availability.


Then, reality..


Let’s start with the painfully obvious: This isn’t how the Miami Dolphins conduct business anymore. Stephen Ross said so. Chris Grier said so. Brian Flores was onboard before he officially was even onboard.


Grier, in his first season as head of football operations, has scrubbed Miami’s salary cap situation squeaky clean. The site overthecap.com puts the Dolphins’ cap space at $22.11 million, ninth in the NFL.


While doing so, Grier has stockpiled a dozen draft picks for 2020, including compensatory picks, which is how a team building upon a solid foundation should operate.


Maybe it was Grier who picked up the phone and checked to see if the Texans had Clowney on the discount rack. No harm there.


But it would go against everything Grier has done to suddenly mortgage the future by giving up Tunsil and picks including a high No. 1 — chucking out a chance at an elite QB — just to add Clowney to a team that won’t contend in 2019 regardless. Not to mention what losing Tunsil would mean to an already-suspect offensive line.


Haven’t we seen that movie before? Oh, yeah. That guy wearing a white No. 93 jersey Tuesday morning, when the Dolphins practiced with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — that guy starred in the movie. That’s Ndamukong Suh, whom Miami once gave a $114 million free-agent contract. The Rams rented Suh for their Super Bowl year last year but didn’t bother to re-sign him, so the Bucs made him their new Gerald McCoy after they let McCoy walk.


If nothing else, the Dolphins learned. There are few positions on any roster that deserve to devour a huge chunk of the salary cap. Defensive tackle isn’t one of them. As good as Suh was, how many games can you point to that he won for Miami?


Quarterback is where to splurge. Some might say the only position. Left tackle, cornerback and edge defenders also come to mind, which explains why you don’t have any trouble remembering all the games Jason Taylor won for the Dolphins.


This brings us back to Clowney, who is due to make $15.97 million this season while the Texans figure out whether he’s worth $100 million or more long term. Somebody will.


There is so much to like about Clowney, who participated in a pass-rushing camp run by Julius Peppers in Miami over the summer. He’s coming off three consecutive Pro Bowl seasons. He’s only 26. After an initial two seasons that included microfracture knee surgery (2014) and 4.5 sacks (2015), he’s in peak form, a threat to blow up any play and the reason your eyes automatically seek out No. 90. (Just imagine if you were a quarterback.)


Clowney had 47 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback hits last season. Each stat matches or beats Chicago’s menace, Khalil Mack, who had 47 tackles, 10 for loss and 18 QB hits. Mack had the edge in sacks, 12.5 to 9.5.


Any interested team would be wise to examine why the Texans haven’t yet backed up the Brinks truck. Reportedly, Texans GM Brian Gaine, the former Dolphins assistant GM, wanted to, but coach Bill O’Brien balked, so Gaine was sent packing.


That’s all Houston’s problem.


Miami has its own — without repeating mistakes of the past.


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