The Houston Texans have locked in wide receiver Nico Collins with a three-year, $72.75 million extension, solidifying their commitment to the rising star. The contract includes a $52 million guarantee and could reach a maximum value of $75 million.

Collins, 25, is coming off a breakout season where he hauled 80 receptions for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns over 15 games. His performance ranked him 23rd in receptions, 8th in receiving yards and tied for 8th in touchdowns across the NFL, marking him as a critical player in the Texans’ offensive lineup.

Drafted in the third round of the 2021 NFL draft from Michigan, Collins has quickly developed into a premier receiver. Over three seasons, he has amassed 150 catches for 2,224 yards and 11 touchdowns. This extension secures his future with the Texans and underscores the team’s confidence in his continued growth and impact.

The move comes on the heels of the Texans’ acquisition of Stefon Diggs from the Buffalo Bills in early April, enhancing an already promising receiving corps. Diggs, who received a $3.5 million raise to increase his 2024 base salary to $22.52 million, joins Collins and Tank Dell as part of a dynamic trio aimed at putting defenses on their heels.

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Dell, a 2023 third-round pick, showed immense potential last season, accumulating 709 yards before a broken leg sidelined him in December. He was on pace for a stellar 1,205-yard season before the injury. Dell’s return to health, combined with the additions of Collins and Diggs, gives the Texans a mix of receiving talent.

Texans coach DeMeco Ryans expressed excitement about the versatility and explosiveness of his receiver trio. “We want to put defenses in binds, and I think with those three guys it allows us to do that because they are so different, and they can all do different things,” Ryans said to ESPN. “But at the end of the day, they are all explosive finishers with the football, which makes those guys great players. They can win on third down and they can finish and get in the end zone, and that’s what we look for at all skill positions on offense.”

The Texans’ strategic moves in bolstering their receiver room with proven talent and extending promising players like Collins signify a clear intention to elevate their offense. With Collins secured, the Texans are ready to build a group that can challenge even the most resilient defenses in the league.

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