Tremon Smith reveled in the newfound stability.

The cornerback and returns specialist has been a companion to the NFL. In four seasons, the 25-year-old has played for the Chiefs, Packers, Colts and Texans. It was waived. He was hired to train in squads and withdrew. He lived the life of someone who regularly signs temporary one-year contracts.

That changed on Friday, when Smith signed a one-year, $ 1.6 million contract extension that will keep him in Houston until the 2022 season. First-year Texans general manager Nick Caserio has said during training camp that he would be open to negotiating new contracts during the season, and Smith became the first player to receive one.

“It’s something I’ve worked on my entire career just to get extra time,” Smith said. “You know, the last three years I’ve been on three different teams so being somewhere back to back in two years is a good feeling and has given me confidence. “

Smith initially signed a one-year, $ 1.1 million contract in March. He has appeared in 12 games and returned to kick-kick return duties after the Texans freed former return specialist Andre Roberts in mid-October. Since then, Smith has averaged 25.5 yards per kick return – which would rank third in the NFL if his eight returns weren’t too few to qualify for the statistic – and includes a 44-yard run against the Rams.

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Smith said he was not at all involved in renegotiating his contract. He kept an eye on his agent and kept his focus on the games to come. Smith said he and Caserio “have our talks here and there”, but “for the most part I was just worried about our next opponent.”

Smith’s salary will ultimately only be a marginal cap on the more lucrative contracts Caserio will add to the books via Project and Free Agency during an offseason that should involve another roster redesign. But the Texans prioritized identifying the building blocks for future success, and Smith’s prowess on multiple Special Teams units helped bring stability to this phase of the game.

“I love what we train and preach here,” Smith said. “I have a feeling that once we turn that around we will go in the right direction and instead of losing we will win a lot.”

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