COLUMBIA - It won't take Jadeveon Clowney long to put his new fortune to good use.
The former South Carolina defensive end told reporters in Houston he plans to buy his mother "whatever she wants," likely a new house. Clowney signed a four-year rookie contract Friday with the Houston Texans worth a guaranteed $22,272,998, including a $14,518,544 signing bonus. The contract will pay Clowney an average of $5,568,250 over the next four years.
"It was a great feeling just to see that you took care of all your business, and it paid off for me," Clowney told reporters. "It's something I've been looking forward to my whole life. So now I get paid for something I love to do - play football.
"I've just got to take care of my money and save it. I've got to buy my mom something nice."
Clowney said his mother would "probably not" move to Houston, opting instead to stay in South Carolina near her parents.
It's a lot of money for a 21-year-old, but Clowney isn't letting his new fortune go to his head. Clowney told reporters he was studying his playbook when news of his contract became public Friday.
Clowney's focus is not on his wallet, but learning how to transition from defensive end to outside linebacker in the Texans' 3-4 defensive scheme.
"That's the first step, is getting here," Clowney said. "The next step is to take it farther than that, try to get better at the game I love to do, play football. I'm still learning. It's a learning curve for me here. I've got to adapt and get ready for some games."
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