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As National Football Post staffer Aaron Wilson pointed out, including the five years and $35 million remaining from his original deal, Johnson's total compensation is $73.5 million over seven years for an annual average compensation of $10.5 million.
The deal can earn him even more if he triggers incentives and escalator clauses.
"This will make him a Texan for life," Texans general manager Rick Smith said.
Added Texans owner Bob McNair: "It's important that Andre have one home -- and that's with the Houston Texans. He will probably be our first Hall of Fame player. We wanted to make sure he went in as a Texan and he played his career as a Texan. Hopefully, he will retire as a Texan."
"Today, I'm very happy that we were able to get everything settled, and I can move forward with football," said Johnson.
Johnson is the franchise's all-time leading receiver with 587 receptions for 7,948 yards and 42 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He has led the team in receiving yards every year since being the Texans first-round draft selection in 2003 (third overall).
In 2009, Johnson led the NFL in receiving yards with 1,569 yards on 101 receptions and had a career-high nine touchdowns. He joined future Hall of Famer Jerry Rice as the only receivers to lead the NFL in receiving yards in back-to-back seasons after posting a career-high 1,575 yards in 2008. Johnson joined former Indianapolis wideout Marvin Harrison as the only receivers in NFL history to surpass 1,500 yards in consecutive seasons.
In addition to the huge payday, that consistent, high-end production has Johnson locked in as the top Fantasy receiver on just about every pre-season ranking available (including all the Staff Rankings here at FootballDiehards.com).
So even though you won't have to come up with the cash McNair did, Fantasy owners in PPR leagues looking to secure Johnson's services better be ready to pony up a first-round pick and (with a current ADP of 6) an early one at that.