Antonio Smith Wants to Retire a Texan

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Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith made it known to the Houston Chronicle's Tania Ganguli and Houston Fox Sports Mark Bermanthat he wants to retire with the team, but that would take a contract extension for the 31-year-old defensive end. The nine-year veteran is entering his 5th season in Houston and the last year of his current contract. His current contract has a $9.5 million dollar cap hit after he signed with the Texans in 2009 a 5 year deal worth $35.5 million after leaving the Arizona Cardinals.

Smith has been a force for the Texans since the defense switched to a 3-4 defensive scheme with the arrival of defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. In Houston, Smith has registered 22 sacks with 2012 being his career best with 7 and he has racked up 131 career tackles from his defensive end position. Throw in the fact he is one of the more personable players on the team with his "Ninja" persona, the Texans front office seems they are open to bringing back Smith for the future years.