The Houston Texans have extended the contract of starting left-tackle Duane Brown.

Brown inked a six-year extension which locks him up through the 2018 NFL season. The six-year deal is worth $53.4 million, with $22.08 million guaranteed.

“We are thrilled to have solidified our offensive line with this extension for Duane,” said Texans Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager Rick Smith. “We believe Duane is an outstanding young left tackle who has the determination, commitment and ability to develop into one of the NFL’s top performers. It’s also an exciting day for our organization. We’ve laid the foundation for sustained success and this is an important step in building on that and toward a championship.”

Brown garnered second-team All-Pro recognition following the 2011 season and has started all 60 games he has appeared in at left tackle since the Texans selected him with the 26th overall pick out of Virginia Tech in the 2008 NFL Draft.