Brian Cushing getting injured last season didn't hurt his long-term prowess at all in the view of the Houston Texans.
The team has signed the 26-year-old Cushing to a six-year contract extension, numerous sources reported (when Cushing's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, sent out a mass text message to them) on Wednesday.
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According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans restructured the contract of Andre Johnson to clear up $5.5 million and get Cush's deal done. The contract will pay Cushing a total of $55.643 million, with $21 million guaranteed. For a comparison of a recent deal for another similarly aged (27 years old) inside linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys signed Sean Lee for six years and $42 million — with a max value of $51 million — with just over $16 million of it guaranteed.
Johnson will have $5.5 million of his $10.5 million salary restructured into the form of a bonus. What a guy.
“Andre’s a team guy who’s committed to bringing a Super Bowl to Houston,” McGuire said. “This shows his continuing commitment to the organization to accomplish that goal.”
If anything, the injury Cushing suffered might have proven his value in Houston's eyes. Cushing tore his ACL in Week 5 last season, and the Texans' defense appeared to take a dive down the stretch after a hot start. This new contract shows that.
With J.J. Watt dominating in the trenches and a talented secondary at work behind him, Cushing patrols in the middle of what should be another dominant unit for the foreseeable future.