Last week, the Houston Texans announced they had extended the contract of inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney for an additional five years. The run game clubbing, quarterback devouring blitzer is a very good football player, so it makes total sense for him to stay in Houston even after his rookie deal is completed.
What wasn’t announced were the contract details. How much will McKinney be paid this year? How much will he count against salary cap in 2018 and going forward? When could Houston cut him if things don’t go right? How will the signing bonus be spread out? This morning, the contract details were announced on Over The Cap.
Details on the Benardrick McKinney extension:https://t.co/lG42hqF54z— TexansCap (@TexansCap) June 20, 2018
The majority of McKinney’s bonus will be paid to him in 2018 in conjuction with the final year of his cheap rookie contract. If things go south, Houston can save cap space if they cut B-Mac by 2020, although the amount saved won’t be enough for this to be really a possibility until 2021. McKinney’s cap number for 2018 is $7.7 million.
As plainly as possible, this is a good deal for a good player. It’s going to be fun to watch him mash against Derrick Henry and Leonard Fournette for the next few seasons.