The Houston Texans have exercised the fifth-year contract option on 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney, according to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle.

Officially tacking the extra year onto Clowney’s rookie deal keeps him under contract in Houston through the 2018 season.

Though his career got off to a slow start, due primarily to injuries, the Texans making the most of his first contract is a no-brainer given the dominance he’s begun to flash over the past two years.

Should he continued on that path, a lucrative extension will presumably be a priority for both player and team before the fifth year even begins.

Clowney enjoyed his most productive season to date in 2016, recording six sacks and 52 tackles across 14 starts.

His presence, along with the likes of J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus, is a key component of a defensive front that’s among the NFL’s best.

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