(HOUSTON) — The Houston Texans agreed to a six-year contract extension with left tackle Duane Brown on Thursday. The deal is reportedly worth $53.4 million, which includes $22.08 million in guarantees, according to ESPN.
The Houston Texans selected Brown out of Virginia Tech with the 26th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. During his four-year career, the 26-year-old has started all 16 regular season games three times. He was suspended for four games in 2010 after testing positive for a banned substance.
“We believe Duane is an outstanding young left tackle who has the determination, commitment and ability to develop into one of the NFL’s top performers,” Texans general manager Rick Smith said in a statement. “It’s also an exciting day for our organization. We’ve laid the foundation for sustained success and this is an important step in building on that and toward a championship.”
Last year, Brown was not once penalized for holding.
Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio
Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN