Texans LT Laremy Tunsil confirmed during an appearance on “NFL Live” Thursday that he’s looking to become the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.
“I’m not going to talk numbers, as I’m going to keep that between me and the club. I am looking to be the highest-paid lineman, of course. I worked my butt off to be in that position and hopefully we can make that happen,” Tunsil said, per Field Yates.
According to Aaron Wilson, the Texans made an initial offer of $18.5 million average per year to Tunsil, which would make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL. However, he’s looking to reset tackle market significantly higher.
Wilson says that no deal is imminent, but talks are at least going well so far.
Tunsil, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2016. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $12,457,650 rookie contract and set to make a base salary of $2,148,771 for the 2019 season when the Dolphins picked up his fifth-year option last year.
The Dolphins traded Tunsil to the Texans last year. He stands to make a base salary of $10,350,000 for the 2020 season and is in line to be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In 2019, Tunsil appeared in 14 games for the Texans and made 14 starts for them at left tackle. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 21 offensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on the Texans and Tunsil as the news is available.