Texans, Johnson reach new deal

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans signed Andre Johnson to a two-year contract extension on Thursday, a deal that, according to the Houston Chronicle, makes him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.

Johnson, 29, led the NFL in receiving yards the last two seasons and had five years and $35 million remaining on his existing contract.

The Chronicle reported the extension to be worth $38.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed. On average, Johnson will now make $10.5 million per year over the next seven seasons, not including performance incentives.

"I always said I wanted to play for one team, and to be able to play for the Houston Texans for my whole career is a tremendous honor," Johnson said. "I always said I wanted to be part of something special, and I knew that coming to a new organization, things were going to be a little rough in the beginning, and now I feel like things are taking that turn for us."

The University of Miami-Florida product has spent his entire seven-year career in Houston after the Texans selected him with the third overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Johnson has recorded back-to-back 1,500-yard receiving seasons, including a 101-catch, 1,569-yard campaign last year. He also scored nine touchdowns in 2009 to up his career total to 42 TDs in 102 games.

"For the last two years, nobody has played to the level that this young man has as long that I've been around, other than one other guy," said head coach Gary Kubiak. "What he's been doing has been special, and there's a lot more to come. So, that's going to be exciting."

He has caught 587 passes for 7,948 yards over the course of his career, just two of the numerous club records he owns.


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