Benardrick McKinney, Texans Reportedly Agree to 5-Year, $50M Contract

With Brian Cushing gone, locking up linebacker Benardrick McKinney was a top priority for the Houston Texans this offseason.

A deal has reportedly been struck.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday that McKinney and the Texans came to terms on a five-year, $50 million extension.

The pace might have been a little slow, but Justify ran in all three Triple Crown races and he won the Triple Crown and went the whole mile and a half today. He showed up and he earned it.

And Smith makes no secret of why he is still doing this at his age and why he plans to keep on doing it.

On Thursday, Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group provided comments Young, who was inducted in 2005, made on ESPN about Owens potentially burning bridges with the Hall of Fame and its members.

The damage to the relationship could be permanent. You don’t want that, he said. So I beg him to reconsider because the longevity of all the people that want to respect him and that he should respect as well. Forget about, ‘I’m mad at the voters, I’m mad at the system.’ The damage that could be done by not going could overwhelm him over a period of time.

The following players, who are either rookies or rookie-contract players, will at a minimum be competing for a Week 1 starting role in 2018. Looking forward, they have skills that could lead them to Pro Bowls, which separates them from their young peers. Their development over the coming months could have an enormous impact on their respective teams this season.

After being branded as a can’t-miss recruit, Ricky Seals-Jones never cracked more than 560 yards in a season as a receiver at Texas A&M. As a result, he transitioned to tight end with the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted rookie last season.

In Arizona’s first nine games last year, Seals-Jones didn’t record a single catch and only had one target. However, a late breakout led him to finish his rookie year with 12 receptions for 201 yards and three scores.

Considering his switch to tight end, a position that rarely lends itself to productive rookie seasons, the future looks bright for Seals-Jones. The 23-year-old will need to work on his blocking to win the tight end job in Arizona, though.

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