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Cushing gets $55.6 million over six years, $21 million guaranteed


Brian Cushing did well for himself in his new deal with the Texans.

A league source tells PFT that Cushing’s deal is a six-year, $55,643,000 contract, with $21 million guaranteed.

Cushing was heading into the final season of the five-year, $14 million contract that he signed as the Texans’ first-round pick in the 2009 NFL draft. He could have played out his contract and tested free agency in March, but he and the Texans were both motivated to get a deal done now.

The 26-year-old Cushing was voted the Texans’ team MVP in 2011 but saw his 2012 season cut short by a torn ACL. He’s now ready to play out the prime years of his career in Houston, and to get rich doing it.

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37 Responses to “Cushing gets $55.6 million over six years, $21 million guaranteed”
  1. divan22 says: Sep 3, 2013 5:59 PM


  2. thepftpoet says: Sep 3, 2013 6:00 PM

    6 more years of Injuries and steroid use….good signing texans

  3. snitor says: Sep 3, 2013 6:04 PM

    Wow.. A middle linebacker, coming from that injury and with HGH testing approaching?

  4. jbro3169 says: Sep 3, 2013 6:06 PM

    I would be worried about more failed PED tests that could lead to 8 or more games suspended

  5. thechronicjoker says: Sep 3, 2013 6:07 PM

    The way the Texans like to hit low, I can see a few offense lineman rolling low this year. He will never make the last three years of his contract.

  6. mrlaloosh says: Sep 3, 2013 6:07 PM


  7. essentialsausage says: Sep 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    Wow, you can make a lot of money with the help of steroids.

  8. wearethesteelers says: Sep 3, 2013 6:08 PM

    Overpaid, overdosed.

  9. calhounlambeau says: Sep 3, 2013 6:10 PM

    He made 14 million on his rookie contract and he wasnt rich before?

  10. zoxitic says: Sep 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    What does that amount equate to in

  11. atepper001 says: Sep 3, 2013 6:15 PM

    56M buys a lot of needles. how can you possibly tell a kid it isn’t worth it to take steroids or whatever cush took with a straight face?

  12. raymondtx says: Sep 3, 2013 6:18 PM

    Haters (Above), keep hating.

  13. ingraven says: Sep 3, 2013 6:19 PM

    Hahahaha!! These steroids jokes are hilarious!!

  14. iceburgskin202 says: Sep 3, 2013 6:19 PM

    So we teach the kids that if you take peds it’s ok if you own up or are caught because the nfl really doesn’t care?

  15. natijim235 says: Sep 3, 2013 6:21 PM

    good player but way too much for a linebacker who’s not in the top 10 in the league

  16. floratiotime says: Sep 3, 2013 6:29 PM

    For that kind of money who wouldn’t take steroids ?

  17. @HowdyDoobie says: Sep 3, 2013 6:33 PM

    Hope they wrote in a bunch of clauses.

  18. asublimeday says: Sep 3, 2013 6:35 PM

    That buys a LOT of roids

  19. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 3, 2013 6:36 PM

    No one cares about roids, everyone cares about whether or not you’re on the field on Sundays. #needleass

  20. rawbbqsauce says: Sep 3, 2013 6:42 PM

    Cushing is a really great player but I don’t think it’s a good idea to invest this much of your team salary in a linebacker.

  21. notwithkubiak says: Sep 3, 2013 6:49 PM

    Should have waited till mid-season to see if he’s really back… But can’t expect much more out of old Gary Kubiak & Rick Smith.

  22. murraysons says: Sep 3, 2013 6:57 PM

    For 21 guaranteed, they have to be planning on at least 4 years of elite play, which at that position is no easy task

  23. 81toro says: Sep 3, 2013 6:59 PM

    Go Texans…welcome back!!

  24. yousuxxors says: Sep 3, 2013 7:01 PM

    he is def a top 10 linebacker in this league

  25. bennprince says: Sep 3, 2013 7:05 PM

    Smart move to lock up one of the best LB’s in the game during his prime. People outside of Houston don’t understand his importance to their defense so they won’t get it. He’s not their best defensive player, but he is their leader.

    re:notwithkubiak – Kubiak has nothing to do with player contracts and Houston does not negotiate once the season starts.

  26. stoptrippn says: Sep 3, 2013 7:07 PM

    He’s arguably their best defensive player

  27. jcmeyer10 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:14 PM

    Over under on games missed due to suspension for PED’s at 11.5?

  28. wiguy25 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:16 PM

    just like his friend Clay Matthews

  29. reed20fence says: Sep 3, 2013 7:18 PM

    All kidding aside, this had to be a tough one for McNair to sign.

    3.5mm hit against the cap for 6 years and what is probably a back-heavy contract balooning right around the time the Mannings and Bradys of the league are gearing up to retire finally clearing the way for the Texans to make a realistic putsch for the Super Bowl?

    All for a guy that’s missed almost half his career over shady practices and injuries?

    I mean part of it is a no brainer to sign him, but the reality of it is kinda bitter.

  30. gwylie1 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:19 PM

    I love how football and baseball want PEDs out of their sports but they keep resigning convicted users to huge contracts. Complete hypocrisy

  31. rockybev35 says: Sep 3, 2013 7:21 PM

    I guess haters are gonna hate, true. I suppose deservedly so with the asinine approach he took trying to defend it. That said, he tested positive in his rookie season. He came back to form half way thru 2010 & was a monster in 2011 and up to talking a cheap shot in week 4 of last year.
    I can bet everyone that talks noise about Cushing wishes they had him on their team. Haters can talk all they want about Steroids but with all the individuals that have been caught since- I suppose he is simply way too smart to get caught by random tests (or hasn’t found a “non-human” alternative like others). 2009 folks and he was suspended for it. HGH- do some true research as to the benefits of this prior to judging and assuming he is on this. I would not be surprised if a TON of athletes use this but the benefits are not even on the same planet to ‘Roids (unless used in tandem).
    The comments that hold any water at all….way too early/risky to lock him up for this much $$$ coming off his ACL injury. I expected this to happen at some point this year but prior to game 1? This seems premature.

    Hope this works out and Cush returns to form!!

  32. smartestpackerfan says: Sep 3, 2013 7:44 PM

    I wish the Packers didn’t spend 1/3 of their salary cap on two overrated players. 😦

  33. zoxitic says: Sep 3, 2013 7:46 PM

    The Texans:

    Whole bunch of talent.

    Whole bunch of nothing to show for it.

  34. justintuckrule says: Sep 3, 2013 8:04 PM

    why now?

  35. rabbi187 says: Sep 3, 2013 8:08 PM

    Great deal for the Texans considering they’re getting a top 5 MLB.

  36. htown1035 says: Sep 3, 2013 9:02 PM

    murraysons says:Sep 3, 2013 6:57 PM

    For 21 guaranteed, they have to be planning on at least 4 years of elite play, which at that position is no easy task
    For arguably one of the top 5 ILB’s in the game, it’s definitely what they’re hoping for.

  37. chezdigital says: Sep 3, 2013 9:20 PM

    I see a different shade of Shawne Merriman about to appear.

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