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Source: Texans signing Derek Stingley to $34.6 million contract

May
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5/13/2022 4:15:21 PM
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The Texans have agreed to terms with first-round cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. on a fully guaranteed $34.6 million four-year contract that includes a $22.385 million signing bonus, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 in Houston reports.  This according to a league source. 

Stingley Jr. is the third overall pick of the draft.

Texans coach Lovie Smith made it abundantly clear that he coveted an upgrade at the cornerback position to fulfill the vision he’s long held for his defense.

Before the draft, Smith emphasized that the Texans couldn’t play defense the way he wanted them to without better play at corner.

The Texans took an important step toward that goal. Stingley has as much upside as any player in the draft, according to multiple league sources.

“When I see the ball in the air, most of the time I don't think of it as 50-50,” Stingley said after being picked by the Texans. “It's mine. That’s a life-long dream right there. I can’t wait to get to work.”

The only question mark that had clouded Stingley’s draft stock a bit was his durability. Stingley made a full recovery from a Lisfranc foot injury that required surgery and proved that with a 4.37 40-yard dash at LSU's Pro Day.

Stingley's upside and renewed health and combination of athleticism and football skills made the Texans feel confident in him.

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