Texans' QB of present now QB of the future

September, 9, 2012
9/09/12
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I wrote this morning of Connor Barwin not getting a deal before the opener and how the Texans don’t talk contracts during the season.

It turns out they snuck one in under the wire -- not for their outside linebacker, but for their quarterback.

Per Mark Berman of Fox in Houston, Matt Schaub got four new years added to the remaining year of his current contract worth $62 million, with $24.75 million guaranteed.

Many of us believed the team would wait to address Schaub’s contract until after the season, seeing him as the long-term guy but expecting he would influence his worth based on his ability to stay healthy.

Apparently the franchise feels strongly enough about him without seeing this season unfold.

He is a great fit with Gary Kubiak, an offensive mind who knows perfectly how to use him.

The questions have been about his health and his clutch quotient.

Last year’s mid-foot fracture was a freak accident that would have ended anyone’s season. As far as his clutch abilities, I believe we’ve not yet seen him in enough big situations to judge.

They’ll be an even brighter spotlight on him when he gets there now, considering the contract.

The Texans have done well locking up left tackle Duane Brown and Schaub before they started the final season of their current deals. Barwin will be priority No. 1 after the season, but they have some insurance in first-rounder Whitney Mercilus should they lose Barwin.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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