After making several big trades before the start of the season, it seems like Houston Texans are now focused on securing their key players on long term contracts. The team announced on Tuesday that they have signed center Nick Martin to a three-year extension.
ESPN’s Field Yates reports that the deal is worth $33 million and comes with $18.5 million guaranteed. This will make Martin, who was entering the last year of his rookie deal, tied for the second-highest paid center in the league according to the average annual salary.
Nick Martin was drafted 50th overall by the Texans in 2016 NFL Draft, but failed to make a single appearance in his rookie year after undergoing ankle surgery. He returned in time for 2017 season and has started 31 games since then.
Martin even received praises from Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien recently.
“He’s a leader, he communicates well,” – said O’Brien. “It’s really important for us to have him out there. He’s an important part of what we do offensively.”
Signing Martin to a contract extension wasn’t the only move Texans made on Tuesday, as the team also waived cornerback Cornell Armstrong. In a corresponding move, they promoted quarterback Alex McGough to an active roster from their practice squad.