Texans make it official with Cushing

The Sports NetworkSeptember 3, 2013 

The Houston Texans made it official Wednesday and announced a contract extension for linebacker Brian Cushing.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports Tuesday indicated Cushing had agreed to a six-year deal worth more than $55 million with $21 million guaranteed. He was entering the final season of a five-year rookie contract.

"This is an organization that I love and I wanted to be a part of for the rest of my career," said Cushing on Wednesday. "This was a no-brainer for us to be here. I'm a Texan now, consider Houston my home, and just couldn't be more excited for the future that this team has and now being a part of it for the long haul. I'm very appreciative and I'm ready to roll."

Cushing's 2012 campaign was cut short after just five games when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Texans' 23-17 victory over the New York Jets on Oct. 8.

"He's shown us the work ethic that he has," said Texans general manager Rick Smith. "He's shown us, throughout the course of his rehab process, that he was committed to returning to actually being better than he was before. So I was confident in that and very comfortable with that as I watched him continue to do the things that he's done to earn that trust."

The 26-year-old Southern California product helped his club go 5-0 thanks to 30 tackles and one interception. He led the NFL's second-ranked defense with 114 total tackles and added two interceptions during the 2011 season.

Cushing, the 2009 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, has totaled 353 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks and seven interceptions over 49 games, all starts, in his first four seasons.

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