Johnson signs five-year deal with Texans
The Houston Texans on Saturday reached a contract agreement with first-round defensive lineman Travis Johnson, striking a five-year deal one day before the team is scheduled to report to training camp.
Johnson will sign a five-year, $10.2 million contract that includes guaranteed bonuses of $7.77 million. The former Florida State standout was the 16th overall prospect selected in the 2005 draft. He is the 11th first-rounder to reach contract terms.
A full-time starter only in his senior season, Johnson played tackle for the Seminoles, but could also line up at end in the Texans' 3-4 front. Johnson worked some at end during the Houston minicamp and said he was comfortable at the position.
Both of the Texans' current starting ends, Gary Walker and Robaire Smith, are onetime defensive tackles who successfully made the transition to the outside in a three-man front. Johnson possesses the kind of size (6-feet-3 5/8 and 305 pounds) necessary to play end in the 3-4.
Johnson, 23, appeared in 51 games, and started in 21, during his college career. Twelve of those starts came in 2004, his senior season, when he had 50 tackles, 2 ½ sacks and 12 quarterback pressures. His 18 tackles for loss were the third-most ever in a season by a Florida State defensive lineman.
For his career, Johnson finished with 175 tackles, including 43 ½ tackles for losses, 10 sacks, 31 pressures, six forced fumbles and four recoveries.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.
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