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2020 NFL Free Agency: Ka’imi Fairbairn Signs Contract Extension With Texans

The kicker stays.

NFL: JAN 12 AFC Divisional Playoff - Texans at Chiefs Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Kai’imi Fairbairn has been the Houston Texans’ kicker since 2017, and now, if he plays out the remainder of his new contract extension, he will be until 2024. Aaron Wilson reports that Fairbairn has signed a four-year extension. The contract amount is unknown at the time of this publication.

In his career, Fairbairn has been automatic on field goals between 0-39 yards. He has struggled beyond that. He is 22/29 from 40-49 yards and 10/16 from 50+ yards. He also, surprisingly, has an extra point made percentage of only 91.7%; he finished at 88.9% last season. On kickoffs, Fairbairn’s career touchback rate is 60.1%; it was 51.9% last season. Regardless, Houston’s kickoff team was tied for eighth in expected points added according to Football Outsiders, last season.

All in all, Fairbairn is a fine kicker. He’s good enough. It will be interesting to see the contract structure and how much he re-signed for. We’ll have an update once our sources divulge this information.

UPDATE: The contract is for four- years and $17.65 million, of which $9 million is guaranteed. This makes Fairbairn the third highest paid kicker in the NFL by average yearly salary.