HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Houston Texans have given Andre Johnson a contract extension that media reports say will make the four-time Pro Bowler the highest paid wide receiver in the National Football League.
The Texans did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but the Houston Chronicle reported the two-year extension that will keep Johnson with the team through the 2016 season is worth $38.5 million with $13 million guaranteed.
Coupled with the five years and $35 million Johnson had on his previous contract, the deal is worth $73.5 million over seven years, the Chronicle reported (www.chron.com).
The 29-year-old Johnson led the NFL in receiving with 1,569 yards last season and wanted to be the league's highest paid receiver. He missed the first three days of voluntary workouts earlier this year because he was unhappy with his contract.
"I'm very happy that we were able to get everything settled, and I can move forward with football," Johnson, only the second player to lead the NFL in receiving yards in two straight seasons, told reporters.
(Writing by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Frank Pingue)