Texans Sign Brian Cushing To A 6-Year Extension
The Houston Texans and ILB Brian Cushing have agreed to a six-year extension, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Details of the contract have not yet been made available.
GM Rick Smith apparently has a policy against contract negotiations during the regular season, so the team really wanted to get this done before the start of the season. They now have Cushing locked up through 2019.
The 26-year-old was entering the final year of his five-year rookie contract, and he opted to secure an extension now instead of attempting to test the waters in free agency next year. After tearing his ACL last season against the New York Jets in Week 5, Cushing can rest a little easier knowing that he has some financial security after a devastating injury.
Houston is clearly confident that he’s made a full recovery; otherwise, they would have likely waited until the offseason to make a move. Cushing’s absence was felt on defense after he went down, so it’s clear how important he is to the team’s defense. He has accumulated 354 tackles, 10.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and seven interceptions over the course of his five seasons in Houston.
Update: The contract is worth $55.64 million with $21 million guaranteed over six seasons, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.