Texans and WR Nico Collins agree to 3-year contract extension: Sources

By Dianna Russini, Amos Morale III and Adam Coleman

The Houston Texans have agreed to a three-year contract extension with wide receiver Nico Collins that will pay him $24 million per year, league sources said.

Collins is coming off a season in which he became the fourth player in franchise history to reach 1,000 receiving yards, joining Brandin Cooks, DeAndre Hopkins and Andre Johnson. He had 1,297 yards on 80 receptions with eight touchdowns.

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Collins’ first opportunity in free agency would come next year, but the Texans locked him up with a significant pay raise.

The Texans selected Collins in the third round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He caught a combined 70 passes for 927 yards and three touchdowns in his first two seasons in Houston.

In 2023, the arrival of first-year coach DeMeco Ryans and rookie quarterback CJ Stroud sparked a surge in Collins’ production, as he saw 109 targets and averaged a career-high 86.5 yards per game. Last season.

Why it’s a smart move for Houston

The Texans have been busy this offseason, but this may be one of their smartest moves. Collins took a significant leap in 2023, where he played and produced as a top-10 wide receiver while creating one of the league’s best QB-WR duos with Offensive Rookie of the Year Stroud.

More than anything, Houston eliminates some risk with this extension. Had the Michigan product and four-year pro had another season in 2024 like he did in 2023, retaining him could have been difficult in a potentially lucrative market for a loaded WR free agent class in 2025.

All Collins needs is health and consistency. He has never played a full season in his three years in the league and his production in his first two years is markedly different than last year, although that can be attributed in part to playing on bad Texans teams amid a reconstruction.

The Texans are betting that Collins has accomplished it all and is ready for NFL stardom. — Adam Coleman, NFL editor

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