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Texans give Brian Cushing an extension, restructure Andre Johnson's deal

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Houston Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing gets a long-term extension, while the team restructured Andre Johnson's deal for 2013 to get salary cap relief.

Cushing, who was heading into the final year of his contract, gets a six-year extension.

"I'm just extremely excited," Cushing said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. "Obviously, this is something myself and the team wanted to do.

"I'm just so happy to be a Texan still. This is where I want to be. This is the team that picked me, developed me, and raised me and trusted me and believed in me from day one."

Cushing's deal, which now runs through 2019, is worth $55.6 million and includes $21 million in guaranteed money.

The extension, from 2014-2019, is worth $52.5 million in new money and he gets a signing bonus of $9 million. The extension averages $8.75 million per year.

"I'm excited for our organization and I'm excited for Brian and his family," said Rick Smith, Texans executive vice president/general manager.

"He's an impact football player and certainly one of the core members of our team. To get this deal extended and to have him under contract for a number of years was important to our team."

Cushing is overwhelmed by the fact that the Texans signed him to a long-term extension after he suffered an ACL injury last season.

The Texans could have chosen to wait and see how he does.

Team officials clearly saw what they needed to see during training camp.

"It's kind of uncanny to get a deal done coming off an ACL like this," Cushing said. "The trust that they have in me is second to none.

"It makes you want to prove them right and to work harder than ever before for them to show them who I am again as a player and as a person.

"I have a great relationship with Rick and (Texans owner) Mr. (Bob) McNair and Coach (Gary) Kubiak and everyone up top. I just think it's the best organization there is.

"Now it's just time to play football, most importantly. I can do that with a clear state of mind now."

Cushing's extension means even that much more to him now because he has a son, 10-month-old Cayden.

"You can't put that into words,you really can't," Cushing said. "When you're a little kid and you have this dream  of some day taking care of your family, and just hoping and wishing some day that could happen.

"For it all to happen, there's no words that can really describe it. My family is the most important thing to me and taking care of them and being a father figure.

While at dinner Tuesday night celebrating the new deal with his family, Cushing had one of those moments as a father and husband that he will always cherish.

"We were joking (Tuesday) night," Cushing said. "We just went out to dinner and my little guy is crying.

"My wife and I looked at each other and saying 'he's got no idea, he has no idea.' Moments like that you couldn't be more proud to know that you're going to take care of your little guy and everything's going to be alright for your family."

Johnson agreed to restructure his contract for this season to help the Texans get the deal done with Cushing

Johnson was scheduled to make $10.5 million in salary in 2013.

After the Texans restructured his deal, Johnson will now make $5 million in salary and he receives a signing bonus of $5.5 million.

He makes the same amount of money he was scheduled to earn, just in a different form.

"Andre is the consummate professional and team guy," said Kennard McGuire, Johnson's agent.

"This shows, obviously, his commitment in supporting and aiding the team in all of their championship goals, and this gives them the flexibility to continue to work with and sign players to help them accomplish that feat."

After this season Johnson will still have three years left on his Texans contract worth about $36 million, including makeable incentives.

"Andre is a team player and we have the ability in many of our contracts, if not all of them, to convert salary to help us with the salary cap, and he's done that a number of times and we're appreciative of that," Smith said.

And Cushing is grateful Johnson agreed to restructure his contract for 2013, which gave the Texans the salary cap space they needed to complete Cushing's extension.

"He's just a tremendous person, unbelieveable football player, completely unselfish, " Cushing said.

"No one wants wants to win more than him. For him to do something like that, I'm so appreciative, and it just shows how good of a guy he really is."

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