The Texans have agreed to terms and are signing first-round draft pick Kenyon Green to a four-year, fully guaranteed $15.9 million contract with a fifth-year club option, according to a league source.
The massive and versatile formerTexas A&M offensive lineman was selected 15th overall pick in the first round.
“My blood, sweat, and tears have been here 21 years almost," Green said after being drafted. "I mean, it's really nothing else to say. I'm here. I'm ready to go, so, you know, whatever that takes, whatever we need to do to do that, I'm willing and ready.”
The former Atascosita standout and Houston Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Year is a former consensus All-American and All-SEC selection who has played offensive tackle and offensive guard.
"Oh, man, this is a blessing," Green said during the draft. "Staying in Houston, you know, I'm a hometown kid, so we're going from there and I'm ready to work. I know where my roots are at now. So it's time to work, put my head down and grind."
During his visit to the Texans, Green got a message from coach Lovie Smith.
"I really want Texas guys here," Smith said. "We build this thing from the ground up."
Green (6-foot-4, 323 pounds) is a former blue-chip recruit who started two games at right tackle, one at left tackle, two at right guard, and seven at left guard last season for the Aggies.
"It helped me a lot, playing different positions, knowing where I can come in and do my best at," Green said. "So, I come in and just be a team player, you know, be the best I can be and help the team in whatever form and fashion that is."
A former All-SEC Freshman selection at right guard, Green moved to left guard in 2020 and started every game. He was named a second-team All-American and second-team all-SEC selection. Green was a finalist for the Lombardi Award last season.
Green's father, Henry, played offensive guard at Grambling State University. His mother, Shalonda, is a former UCLA volleyball player.
"He’s been a really productive, consistent player," Texans general manager Nick Caserio said. "He played tackle. He played guard. I would say he is probably a better guard than he is a tackle. I think he is probably more of an inside player, but we'll put him in the mix. Local kid, so I'm sure all of the Texans, fellow Texans, will be happy about that.
"He’s a real solid kid. I would say blue collar, humble, soft-spoken, lunch pail. Shows up; doesn't say much. Just kind of works his ass off and wants to play football. That fits the profile of what we want from the players that walk in this building."
Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and analyst and a contributor to Sports Talk 790.