The Texans center will be sticking around a little while longer

Texans sign Martin to baffling extension

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The Houston Texans and center Nick Martin agreed to a contract extension.


The signing of Martin at this number is baffling. The average annual salary ties him for third among center with five-time All-Pro Maurkice Pouncey. It is roughly a top-ten figure when it comes to guaranteed money at the center position.

He was drafted as a replacement for incumbent starter Ben Jones who left in free agency to the Tennessee Titans. Jones, since his departure, has been a mainstay for the Titans and even earned a contract extension with Tennessee.

Martin meanwhile has regularly been below average. He graded out as the 17th best center according to Pro Football Focus in 2018 among players who played half the snaps or more. Last year the Jones, both of the Colts centers, and Jacksonville center Brandon Linder all graded out higher than Martin.

He was the 5th best center according to grading in a four team division.

The Texans are taking a huge risk committing to Martin for this length of time when huge money will be due to Laremy Tunsil and Deshaun Watson in the near future.

Wind is the story in week 3 with gusty conditions at many games

WeatherMap: Week 3 Football Weather Impacts

What a weather week we have had. Despite all that I'm not going to leave you hanging on the weather report for football this week.

This week almost every outdoor game will see at least moderate weather impacts mostly from gusty winds, though a couple of spots will be dealing with rain as well. Above is your map for week 3, however due to the wind impacts at each game I have also added images below showing the wind direction in relation to the field at each game to be affected by wind this week.


Enjoy the games, and as always you can find me on Twitter @stephenuzick.

Cincinnati @ Buffalo

Wind: Southwest at 18 MPH, gusting to 30 MPH

Denver @ Green Bay

Wind: West at 11 MPH, gusting to 20 MPH

New York Jets @ New England

Wind: Southwest at 9 MPH, gusting to 20 MPH

New York Giants @ Tampa Bay

Wind: East at 14 MPH, gusting to 20 MPH

Houston @ LA Chargers

Wind: Southwest at 13 MPH, gusting to 20 MPH

New Orleans @ Seattle

Wind: South-southwest at 15 MPH, gusting to 20 MPH

LA Rams @ Cleveland

Wind: Southwest at 15 MPH

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