We all knew that the Houston Texans did not want inside linebacker Brian Cushing to play out his final season and potentially enter free agency. We also knew they would wait and see how Cushing's legs would respond after missing last season. After a strong showing in the preseason, the Texans were convinced about the return of Brian and have responded in kind.
ILB Brian Cushing has reached an agreement on a long-term contract extension with the Texans.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) September 3, 2013
ILB Brian Cushing reaches an agreement on an extension with the Texans. He was in the final year of his contract.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) September 3, 2013
Texans LB Brian Cushing is going to sign a 6 year extension today.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2013
Confirmed: The #Texans have reached a long-term contract extension for ILB Brian Cushing.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) September 3, 2013
There you have it, BRBers. Quadruple confirmation. There are no words on the financial details of the deal yet, but we will update that as soon as we can.
I've been on record saying that his deal totals should fall, ideally, between San Francisco's dynamic duo of Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman. Anything more may be too rich, due to Willis' impeccable resume, and anything less would be a great deal on general manager Rick Smith's part. For the record, Cushing was on his final season and had a cap hit of $4.643 million.
Thoughts, BRBers? Excited for seven more season of Brian Cushing in a Texans uniform?
UPDATE: We know the terms of the deal.
Cushing's extension is for six years, thru 2019, and worth $55.643 million, with $21 million guaranteed.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 3, 2013