According to Josina Anderson, the Texans and LT Laremy Tunsil have started talks on a multi-year extension. Anderson says the two sides have exchanged preliminary proposals so far as negotiations are still in the early stage.
Aaron Wilson reports that the Texans’ initial contract proposal to Tunsil averaged $18.5 million per year. However, he countered with an offer that’s “significantly higher” than that figure. Wilson says it’s a “fluid situation” and talks will continue.
Tunsil is reportedly aiming for at least $19 million to $20 million per year as part of a long-term extension with the Texans, which would make him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history, topping Eagles OT Lane Johnson‘s $18 million annual salary.
The two sides also had preliminary discussions and met at the Combine. Locking up Tunsil after trading a bounty of picks for him last year is one of Houston’s biggest priorities.
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 Tunsil as the news is available.