Report: Ka’imi Fairbairn agrees to 4-year deal with Texans
The Houston Texans have agreed to a four-year deal with kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Fairbairn was set to become an unrestricted free agent later this month. Here are details of the new contract, which will pay Fairbairn a hefty amount:
#Texans K Kai’mi Fairbairn is signing a four-year, $17.65 million contract to remain in Houston, source says. The deal includes $9 million fully guaranteed and makes Fairbairn the third highest paid kicker on a per-year basis.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 10, 2020
Texans are giving their kicker Ka’imi Fairbairn a four-year, $17.65 million deal that includes $9 muon fully guaranteed and $10.45 million over next two years, per source. https://t.co/ue2P4bRuZD
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2020
The 26-year-old is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he played every game and connected on 20 of his 25 field goal attempts, going 3-of-6 from 50 yards or greater and nailing a 54-yarder. He also converted on 40 of his 45 extra-point tries.
While those numbers don’t look pretty, it should be noted that Fairbairn was adjusting to a new holder over the first half of the season, and two of his missed field goals and three of his botched extra points came over the first six games.
Fairbairn, who played his collegiate football at UCLA, went undrafted in 2016 but eventually landed with the Texans that May.
He ended up on the injured reserve list that season, but made his debut in 2017, appearing in every contest and going 20-for-25 on field goals while going 3-of-4 from 50 yards or more. His season long was a 55-yard boot, and he nailed 32 of his 35 extra points.
Then, in 2018, Fairbairn once again played in every game and enjoyed his best year to date, leading the NFL with 37 field goal makes and misfiring just five times. He connected on four of his six field goal attempts from 50 yards or greater, putting through a 54-yarder and going 39-of-41 on extra points.
Houston won 10 games and captured the AFC South title in 2019 behind quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Texans then defeated the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round.