Houston Texans: Mercilus and Texans reach deal.

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The Houston Texans reach deal with OLB Whitney Mercilus on Saturday, according to multiple reports. Mercilus’ four-year contract extension is worth $54 million, with an average of $13.5 million per year — he gets $24.5 million guaranteed.

The Texans head coach and acting GM, Bill O’Brien, commented on Mercilus’ contract last week saying: “He wanted to re-sign the veteran linebacker.”

“We want Whitney back,” O’Brien said after Mercilus recorded two sacks in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We want Whitney back here and we want him to be a part of the team for a while.”

Mercilus was excited to hear how much he wanted in Houston by the coaching staff and front office. “Man, it means a lot, honestly,” Mercilus said. “Just being able to be here for eight years and putting in work every day and being exactly the guy they want me to be, it’s very flattering.

Mercilus, entering his contract year, has 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles entering Sunday’s week 17 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.

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