The Texans have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, was entering the last year of his four-year contract. Now he’s under contract through the 2018 season.
General manager Rick Smith usually extends players with one year left on their contracts, which means Clowney probably would sign an extension at some point before the 2018 season begins.
If Clowney played the 2018 season without an extension, he would make $13.8 million.
After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney became a disruptive force and helped the Texans rank first in defense by having his best season.
Clowney underwent three operations as a rookie, including microfracture surgery on his knee that also slowed him in 2015. He was healthy last season, missing one game because of injury and being kept out of the last regular-season game to rest him for the playoffs.