Texans lock up Cushing with $55.6 million deal

The Houston Texans won't have to worry about who's playing inside linebacker for them for years to come.

The Texans hammered out a six-year contract extension worth $55.64 million, including $21 million guaranteed.

Cushing was heading into the last year of his rookie deal.

A former first-round pick from USC, Cushing has been named to the Pro Bowl twice.

When he was hurt last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, the defense suffered.

Cushing has recorded 238 career tackles and 9 1/2 sacks.

The Texans didn't have a ton of salary-cap room, but created more by restructuring star wide receiver Andre Johnson's existing deal. The Texans lowered Johnson's $10.5 million base salary to $5 million with $5.5 million now paid through bonuses.

That allowed the Texans to lock up a key defensive centerpierce.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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