According to Ian Rapoport, the Texans have committed to Benardrick McKinney as a player to build around, signing him a five-year extension worth $50 million ($21 million guaranteed).
The #Texans have locked up standout LB Benardrick McKinney to a 5-year contract extension worth $50M, sources said. He gets $21M guaranteed. This was a priority for the offseason, keeping a defensive stalwart on the books.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2018
McKinney was entering the final season of his rookie contract and is now signed to play for the Texans until the end of the 2023 season. The $21 million in guaranteed money keeps one of Houston’s defenders in Battle Red for a long time.
McKinney has started every game in the last two seasons and has recorded 8.0 sacks over that two-year period. He’s the leading tackler for the team over the last two seasons.
Drafted with the 43rd overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft out of @HailStateFB, #Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney (@bm1157) has compiled 282 tackles (176 solo), 9.0 sacks, 25 tackles for loss, 21 QB hits, 2 forced fumbles and 3 passes defensed in 46 regular season games (43 starts). pic.twitter.com/8aDBzDQUGz— Texans PR (@TexansPR) June 15, 2018
#Texans ILB Benardrick McKinney (@bm1157) finished the 2016 season with 129 tackles (11th-most in the NFL) and 5.0 sacks, making him the only player in the NFL in 2016 and the second player in franchise history (Jamie Sharper in 2002) with at least 100 tackles and 5.0 sacks. pic.twitter.com/HjNP9cMcVF— Texans PR (@TexansPR) June 15, 2018
Brian Gaine has now checked off a major to-do on his list of things to accomplish the offseason.
Congrats on your well-deserved payday, B-Mac!
UPDATE: Now we know the specifics of McKinney’s extension with the Texans.