Cushing signs 6-year extension with Texans

Cushing signs 6-year extension with Texans
September 3, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Brian Cushing has has signed a contract extension to remain with the Texans.

According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain the six-year deal is worth $55.643 million with $21 million guaranteed.

The Texans also restructured Andre Johnson's deal to free up $5.5 million. Johnson will get $5.5 million of his $10 million of his salary as a bonus.

"Obviously, I’d love for that to happen, but at the same time, it’s not up to me and it’s not in my hands," Cushing said on Aug. 21. "I know my caliber of football and my style of play will take care of itself. Obviously, I need to stay healthy. I know that. Some things have been pushed back with my injury last year. Obviously, I want to be here. There’s no hiding that, but at the same time, I’ll let that stuff take care of itself.”

That happened on Tuesday afternoon, which is important because the Texans traditionally don't negotiate during the season. Cushing would have entered the 2013 season on the final year of his previous contract.

Cushing, 26, tore his ACL last Oct. 8 against the Jets and missed the remainder of the 2012 season.

After he went on the Injured Reserve last season, the Texans’ defense got by but wasn’t the same. With Cushing on the field, the Texans won their first five games in 2012, giving up 14.6 points and 275.6 yards per game. In the 13 remaining games (including playoffs) without Cushing, they went 8-5, giving up 24 points and 342.2 yards per game.

Aside from being the best linebacker on the team, Cushing is also the emotional leader of the defense. He's the one who rallies the team before games.

“Cush is a true leader,” defensive end Jared Crick said during training camp. “Whenever things are getting a little slow, he’ll be the one to tell everybody to pick it up and he’ll lead by example. He’ll be the first guy to go out there and do something if needed. Cush is the epitome of what you want from a leader of a football team. Cush is one of a kind, you really can’t replace him.”