Texans ink linebacker Blake Cashman to contract extension

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(SportsRadio 610) - The Houston Texans and linebacker Blake Cashman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension, KPRC's Aaron Wilson reports.

Cashman, 26, is in his first season with the Texans. He was acquired via trade this offseason from the New York Jets in exchange for a sixth-round pick. He’s been a special teams standout playing in 73% of the snaps this season.

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The fourth-year pro was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round in 2019. He was riddled with injuries his first three seasons in the NFL.

Dealing with mainly soft tissue injuries, with multiple groin and hamstring injuries over the years, Cashman also recovered from a torn labrum and broken shoulder during his rookie season.

This year, he’s been lauded by teammates for his work ethic and devotion to the weight room.

Texans head coach Lovie Smith was impressed with him during training camp, telling reporters back in August that he "came from nowhere."

Cashman continued to impress during the preseason as well, earning more praise from the head coach.

“He fits the profile. He’s fast. He’s a smart guy,” Smith said.

One of the fastest linebackers on the team, Cashman was clocked at 4.50 in the 40-yard dash at the 2019 combine.

Special teams coach Frank Ross said earlier this season that he was excited when the Texans acquired Cashman, as he noticed the value he could bring to a the unit.

“I’ve had my eye on that guy for a while,” Ross said. “Definitely an exciting player.”

Cashman missed one game earlier this season, a week five game against the Jaguars due to a concussion he suffered in the Texans' previous week's loss to the Chargers.

The extension also marks just the second time the Texans have signed a player to a new contract during the season.

Kick returner Tremon Smith received a one-year $1.6 million pact last December.

Shaun Bijani has spent the last 16 years covering the Houston sports scene for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @ShaunBijani.

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