O'Brien on Nick Martin: 'Tough, smart, dependable'

Texans signed Martin to a 3-year, $33 million extension

Jeremy Branham
September 11, 2019 - 2:26 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – On Tuesday, Nick Martin agreed to a 3-year, $33 million extension with $18.35 million guaranteed to remain a Texan through the 2022 season.

“He’s one of the leaders of our team.  Tough, smart and dependable, that’s what Nick is and loves football, loves being a Texan.  He’s had, in the past, had to deal with some injuries, he’s come back though, he played a lot of good football for us last year, played good on Monday night and just want him to be a Texan,” Texans’ Head Coach Bill O’Brien told the media on Wednesday.

Martin, 26, was a second-round pick in 2015, which means he would be an unrestricted free agent following the 2019 season.  Martin missed all of his rookie season in 2016 with an injury, but bounced back in 2017 and played all but the final two games of the year after suffering another serious injury. In 2018, Martin played in all 16 games, and despite missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury, Martin was on the field for every offensive snap in Week 1.

Another reason the Texans were interested in locking in Martin for three more years following 2019 is how tight he and Texans’ quarterback Deshaun Watson are.  Watson has spoken highly of this center, and they were once roommates in training camp during Watson’s rookie year.

“Those guys have a great relationship, they work all the time together, I think they spend time off the field together,” O’Brien added.  “So, that is a part of it, it’s not the biggest part of it, but that’s definitely important to have that center and quarterback together.  There’s a lot of communication with our offense and those guys are on the same page.”