Texans and WR Nico Collins agree to three-year, $72.75 million extension

The Houston Texans and wide receiver Nico Collins have agreed to a three-year, $72.75 million extension that includes $52 million guaranteed, agents Drew Rosenhaus, Ryan Matha and Jason Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.

The contract has a maximum value of $75 million.

Collins, 25, is coming off the best season of his career in which he had 80 receptions (ranked 23rd in the NFL last season) for 1,297 yards (ranked 8th) and eight touchdowns (tied for 8th ) in 15 games.

Collins, a third-round pick in the 2021 draft, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. In three seasons, the former Michigan standout has 150 receptions for 2,224 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The extension comes after Houston bolstered its receiver room when it traded a 2025 second-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for wide receiver Stefon Diggs and two draft picks in early April. Diggs will become a free agent after this season after the Texans voided the final three years of his contract and gave him a $3.5 million raise, increasing his 2024 base salary to $22.52 million.

Extending Collins gives the Texans two receivers they consider dynamic playmakers who are under contract after the 2024 season: 2023 third-round pick Tank Dell and Collins. Dell finished last season with 709 yards as a rookie, but He was on pace for 1,205 yards before suffering a broken leg against the Denver Broncos in early December.

Dell is healthy and participated in Texans OTAs after he was shot at a private event in Sanford, Florida, where authorities say a teenage gunman wounded 10 people after an altercation on April 28.

“We want to put defenses on the spot, and I think with those three guys it allows us to do that because they’re so different and they can all do different things,” Texans coach DeMeco Ryans said. “But at the end of the day, they’re all explosive finishers with the ball, and that’s what makes those guys great players. They can win on third down and they can finish and get into the end zone, and that’s what we look for. for all skill positions on offense.”