We knew that Cecil Shorts III signed a two-year deal with the Houston Texans earlier today, but the financial terms of the contract were not immediately made available to the public. Fortunately, Mark Berman has shed some light on the details of the contract of the the Texans' newest wide receiver.
Receiver Cecil Shorts III 2-year/$6 million contract includes $2.5 million guaranteed.— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) March 16, 2015
This appears to be such a good deal for the Texans that I am honestly stunned Shorts didn't get more elsewhere. Multiple teams had expressed interest in him, though I have no idea if that interest manifested itself into formal offers. I know his injury history likely worked against him in negotiations, but Shorts has produced in the NFL and is only 27 years old. I would guess that would be worth more than $6,000,000.00 over two years with a mere $2,500,000.00 guaranteed. This strikes me as tremendous value for the Texans.
Could it be that Shorts wanted to be in Houston, in Bill O'Brien's offense, playing his old team twice a year for the next year or two, badly enough that he took less to be here? Or am I simply overestimating Shorts' free agent value?