Good news on a Sunday. Zach Cunningham agreed to a $58 million contract extension with your Houston Texans.
Now that Texans have ILB Zach Cunningham's new deal done for four years, $58 million, first reported by @RapSheet they have one left -- Deshaun Watson.— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) August 30, 2020
Cunningham has been one of the most consistent and best parts of the Texans’ defense since being selected in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season, Cunningham accounted for 99 solo tackles, 43 assisted tackles, 7 tackles for a loss, 2 sacks, and 2 fumbles recovered. Cunningham started all 16 games last season and has only missed two games since 2017.
Cunningham’s contract places him just behind C.J. Mosley and Jaylon Smith in contract value for inside linebackers. There is also $23.5 million in full guarantees and $32.5 million in injury guarantees. Cunningham is arguably a top 10 player at his position and has been a great partner for Benardrick McKinney in Houston’s front seven. This is a joyous occasion for all Texans fans, as we’ve got our anchors back there for the next few years.
With Cunningham signing his deal, all eyes are now on Deshaun Watson and his contract situation. This will be the team’s sole focus moving forward, and the picture is a little bit clearer on how much room they’ll have to work with for Deshaun.
What are your thoughts on Cunningham’s extension? Are you happy with the price tag for one of our better players? Would you change anything about it?