Brian Cushing gets six-year extension
Brian Cushing has had plenty to deal with over the past few years, whether it be injury or suspension, but he has always been a productive member of the Houston Texans defense. The Texans have rewarded the 26-year-old linebacker by giving him a six-year extension worth $55.6 million.
Cushing won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in 2009 when he had 86 tackles, four sacks and four interceptions. Last season, Cushing was only able to play in five games because he suffered a torn ACL on a low block in a game against the New York Jets. Other than that injury, the only other time Cushing missed games was when he was suspended in 2010 for testing positive for a banned substance, reports USA Today.
Cushing had said he wanted to be a Texan long-term, but was unsure when an extension would come because of his injury.
“Obviously, I’d love for (an extension) to happen, but at the same time, it’s not up to me. That’s out of my hands. My caliber of football, my style of play, will take care of itself. I need to stay healthy. Because of my injury, (negotiations) were pushed back. But I want to be here. There’s no hiding that,” Cushing said last week.
In order to make space to extend Cushing, the Texans had to restructure the contract of star wide receiver Andre Johnson. Ultimate Texans reports Johnson was set to make $10.5 million in salary this year, but the Texans have turned $5.5 million of that into signing bonus, making his base salary for this season $5 million.
Cushing is now going to be paid like the top linebacker he has proven to be. With him returning from injury and J. J. Watt emerging as maybe the best defensive player in the NFL, the Texans will be solid on both sides of the ball again, and will look to take the next step in the playoffs.