Laremy Tunsil becomes highest-paid OL after signing $75 million extension: reports

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil has agreed to a three-year, $75 million extension, according to reports.

The new deal makes Tunsil the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. The deal includes a $30 million signing bonus, with $50 million fully guaranteed and $60 million in total guarantees. according to ESPN.

The 28-year-old’s extension comes after he was selected to his third Pro Bowl last season. He started all 17 games for the Texans (3-13-1) last season and ranked among the best at left tackle.

Tunsil allowed just one sack all season and ranked 17th among offensive tackles with a 91.9% win rate.

The former Ole Miss star told ESPN in December that he wants to be the highest-paid offensive tackle. The contract extension reached Tunsil’s goal, surpassing 49ers left tackle Trent Williams, who makes $23.01 million per year.

The Miami Dolphins selected Tunsil 13th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. Tunsil was expected to be selected higher in the draft, but a video showing him smoking marijuana in a gas mask appeared on social media and it hurt his draft stock.

After three seasons with the Dolphins, Tunsil was traded to Houston for wide receiver Kenny Stills in exchange for cornerback Johnson Bademosi, tight end Julien Davenport and 2019 draft compensation. The Dolphins also received draft compensation in the deal.

Tunsil’s contract extension comes on the same day the Texans traded wide receiver Brandin Cooks to the Dallas Cowboys for a fifth-round pick in 2023 and a sixth-round pick in 2024, according to ESPN.


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