Texans Reach Contract Extension With Matt Schaub
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) — The Texans defeating the Miami Dolphins 30-10 at Reliant Stadium on Sunday wasn’t the only big news of the day.
Quarterback Matt Schaub celebrated the win and his official return from last year’s season-ending foot injury with the announcement his contract has been extended. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but Schaub said he felt confident he would retire from football as a Texan.
“I want to thank our owner Mr. (Bob) McNair, general manager Rick Smith for having the faith in me and showing that faith here after five years of being here,” Schaub said.
The contract comes amid much speculation about whether the Texans were willing to extend Schaub now or if they wanted to wait until the season was over to make their decision. But they have obviously decided that Schaub is there man no matter how this season plays.
Schaub had refused to discuss his contract situation with the media until his extension was announced Sunday.
“At no point was it ever going to be a distraction for me, but I’m excited for it to be over with and done,” Schaub said. “Every ounce and focus can be directed at this season and what we have going. I’m extremely excited to be 1-0 here and to get 2012 on the way.”
The Texans entered the preseason with three of their major players in the final years of their contracts. But now they have two of those players locked up after left tackle Duane Brown signed his contract extension during training camp. That leaves just outside linebacker Connor Barwin as the only other big name to be without a contract extension.
“We were not able to get an extension done with Connor but it does not mean he is not a big part of our football team moving forward,” Smith said. “We get the opportunity to sit back down with him and his representatives at the end of the year.”
The Texans also they have reached a two-year contract extension with second year defensive lineman Tim Jamison, who was an undrafted free agent out of Michigan.