Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has changed agents, recently hiring Miami-based Drew Rosenhaus, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Chosen by the Houston Texans with the 16th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, Cushing was previously represented by Tom Condon and Ben Dogra of CAA, who negotiated Cushing's five-year, $18 million contract in August of 2009.
That deal included $10.435 million in guaranteed money, and will pay the 6-3, 260-pound linebacker a $774,000 base salary in 2011.
Cushing started all 16 games as a rookie, totaling 133 tackles, 4 quarterback sacks, and 4 interceptions, earning a Pro Bowl nod as well as the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Cushing was suspended for four games at the start of the 2010 season for a positive test result during his rookie season, but retained the award when the Associated Press conducted a re-vote.
In 12 games in 2010, Cushing totaled 76 tackles and 1.5 quarterback sack. In the regular season finale, Cushing was involved in an on-field fight with teammate Antonio Smith, who is also represented by Rosenhaus, who now represents eight members of the Texans.
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