"I came out with them guys," Clowney said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. "Of course, I want to be up there with them."
Clowney enters the final year of his contract on a fifth-year option, which pays $12.3 million, and is motivated to reach the marks set by Mack and Donald.
But he has a lot of catching up to do when considering the production from two of the NFL's elite defensive players. Mack and Donald have combined for 79.5 sacks, six first-team All-Pro selections (three each), seven Pro Bowl appearances and each has won the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year award, while Clowney has 20 sacks and two Pro Bowl appearances.
Durability held back Clowney early in his career, as 2017 was his first time appearing in all 16 games in a single season.
Now healthy, Clowney looks forward to using the upcoming season to show he is worth a new deal and he certainly doesn't hold any ill feelings toward his peers for securing lucrative deals.
"Timing, it's all about timing in everything about this league," Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. "Injuries happen. You get paid at a certain time. You hit the market at the right time. They hold out. They got what they deserve. I think those guys deserve those contracts."