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Michigan’s Nico Collins signs three-year, $72 million extension with Texans

The future of the Houston Texans looks undeniably bright after a 2023 season that saw them win their division, earn their first playoff victory in four years and showcase an offense with one of the league’s best young quarterbacks in C.J. Stroud.

That tantalizing future now comes with a little extra certainty when it comes to Stroud’s favorite target.

Wide receiver Nico Collins, a former Michigan standout and Houston’s top pass catcher last season, signed a three-year extension with the franchise worth $72.75 million on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

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The 25-year-old Collins had a breakout season in the 2023 season, his third in the NFL. He caught a career-high 80 passes for 1,297 yards and eight touchdowns for the Texans, who went 10–7 and defeated the Cleveland Browns in the wild-card round of the NFL playoffs before losing to the Baltimore Ravens the following week and 2023 NFL MVP Lamar Jackson.

Collins’ reception, touchdown and yardage totals in 2023 surpassed the combined marks of his first two professional seasons. Collins, a third-round selection by the Texans in the 2021 NFL Draft, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming 2024 season.

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Collins played for Michigan for three seasons, from 2017 to 2019, catching 78 passes for 1,388 yards and 13 touchdowns during that time. The Birmingham, Alabama native was a two-time Big Ten winner. He decided to opt out of the pandemic-altered 2020 season, describing his choice as a “business decision.”

“Everything was going smoothly, just as I planned, until this virus outbreak,” Collins said in October 2020. “The only thing that really influenced my decision was when we had to play, our set date was September 5 against Purdue. during that camp process they canceled the season. That was heartbreaking for me because I wasn’t sure when we would play next. They said there were too many unknown questions to answer in the spring, Thanksgiving. No one really had an answer.”

Collins will get some extra help in Houston this season after the Texans acquired former All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Buffalo Bills in a blockbuster trade in April.

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