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Texans pony up extensions for GM Smith, Kubiak, sign top pick Mercilus

CBSSports.com wire reports
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HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans have extended the contracts of general manager Rick Smith and coach Gary Kubiak.

Smith and Kubiak are in the final years of their current contract. Smith's extension is for four years, which will keep him with the team through 2016.

Kubiak's is a three-year agreement which re-does the last year of his current deal and keeps him under contract through 2014. Team owner Bob McNair says he offered Kubiak a four-year deal, but he preferred to make it for three.

McNair wanted to extend the contracts of the pair after the team finished 10-6 to win its first AFC South title and make the playoffs for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Texans signed first-round pick Whitney Mercilus to a four-year deal.

Mercilus was the 26th overall pick in this year's draft out of Illinois.

The 6-foot-4, 254-pound player was a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme at Illinois but has moved to outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment the Texans use.

He started just one season in college, but was the nation's leader in sacks with 16 and forced fumbles with eight.

The Texans did not release financial terms of the deal.

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