Texans, Tunsil agree to record 3-year, $66M extension


The deal makes Tunsil the highest-paid offensive lineman in the National Football League and includes $50 million guaranteed. Lane Johnson of the Philadelphia Eagles previously earned the highest average annual salary ($18 million) among offensive linemen after signing an extension last November.

On top of that, it turns out Tunsil negotiated this contract on his own directly with HC/GM Bill O'Brien. The Lake City, Fla., native was acquired by Houston from the Miami Dolphins on August 31, 2019 along with receiver Kenny Stills and a fourth-round pick in exchange for a massive haul: two first-round picks, a second-round pick and a pair of players.

In his first season in Houston, Tunsil helped the Texans' revamped offensive line go from allowing an NFL-high 68 sacks in 2018 to 49 sacks (ranked 25th in the league) in 2019.

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The deal is done, and the Texans now have their Pro Bowl left tackle able to protect franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson through the middle part of the upcoming decade.

Tunsil arrived in Houston via a blockbuster trade from the Miami Dolphins before the 2019 campaign. He also had three penalties declined. "While disappointed we were unable to bring this exciting event to life this year", said Steve Hill, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority chief executive officer and president. "I don't want to get into the details of that but we're working hard to try to get a deal done".