Cushing was a 2009 first round pick at number fifteen, entered his final year of the rookie deal before signing the extension. An unprecedented move by the Texans who normally don't negotiate new deals during the season.
Cushing was injured and didn't play a majority of the 2012 season due to a torn ACL he suffered in week 5 against the New York Jets. Cushing is a essential piece of that Texans defense along with 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt.
Cushing looks healthy and ready to play this season, while looking to stay healthy he hope to help the Texans capture a championship this season.
He was a Pro Bowler in 2009 and an All-Pro in 2011, where he racked up 239 tackles and 9.5 sacks in just 49 games played.
The Texans last season not only missed his presence off the field, but on the field as well, when they gave up 25 more points in his 11 game absence.
Cushing is a unique talent that fits well in the Wade Phillips style of defense.