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After Brian Cushing left, Linardist Benardrick McKinney had top priority for the Houston Texans in this off-season.
A deal is reportedly completed
NFL Network Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that McKinney and the Texans could agree on a five-year extension of $ 50 million.
During J.J. Watt and J Adeveon Clowney grab the headlines, McKinney asserts himself in the middle of the field.
The 6 & 4 ", 260 pound linebacker has become a force in Houston's defense He was inducted in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft and had in his second year In the league a breakout season with 129 combined tackles, five sacks and a forced fumble, this achievement was good enough to secure him second place (19659004) Last year he had defended 95 combined tackles, three sacks, a pass and a forced fumble.
Houston lost his all-time tackler when he pulled Cushing out at the beginning of the offseason, but the team believes McKinney is ready to lead the linebacking corps. "Texans general director Brian Gaine said about Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle as much about the 25-year-old linebacker:
"Leadership and production." Number 2 he plays a key role in playing the Mike linebacker role t, you command the huddle, you lead the huddle. The production is important, but also the fact that we feel that it is built for eternity. We believe he meets the height, weight, and speed parameters we want in the role, but he is now the type to lead the group.
"This is a big hole now with Brian Cushing We expect great things from the leadership's point of view and maybe he's ready for it now."
Now that the business is done McKinney can focus on football and help his team back to the postseason after undergoing a 4-12 campaign in 2017.