The Houston Texans have signed safety Andre Hal to a three-year contract extension worth $15 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Hal gets $7 million guaranteed in his new deal.
The Texans’ defense is rife with big names like J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, but Hal has been a solid contributor to one of the league’s premier defenses over the last few seasons.
In 15 games last year, Hal racked up 48 combined tackles along with two interceptions and a sack. He also had seven passes defensed.
Hal has been quite a find for the Texans since being nabbed with a seventh-round pick out of Vanderbilt back in the 2014 draft. He began his career as a cornerback before transitioning to free safety. He briefly lost his starting job last season before regaining his post ahead of the playoffs.
Hal will earn $1.8 million this season in the final year of his rookie deal before the extension kicks in in 2018.
The Texans lost their starting strong safety, Quintin Demps, to the Chicago Bears in free agency several months ago. Corey Moore, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia in 2015, is expected to slide into Demps’ vacated starting spot opposite Hal.
The Texans had their fourth and final preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys canceled so that players could return to Houston now that the rains from Hurricane Harvey have stopped.
The team is slated to open the regular season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 10, but there is a chance the game could be moved due to the floods in and around Houston. Jaguars owner Shad Khan has already said he would go along with whatever decision the NFL makes regarding potentially moving the location of the season opener for both teams.