Defensive end Antonio Smith walked off the field offering a little counsel to rookie outside linebacker Sam Montgomery. Then he turned to his own future with the Texans.

“I told them I wanted to be here and I wanted to spend the rest of my career here,” Smith said. “They told me they are open to an extension.”

Smith’s contract expires after this season. While the cash value of his contract is $6 million, Smith’s contract counts for $9.5 million against the salary cap.

The Texans have only $2.808 million of room under the salary cap and still need to sign drafted rookies DeAndre Hopkins, D.J. Swearinger and Brennan Williams.

Smith’s cap number is the fourth highest on the team after receiver Andre Johnson, cornerback Johnathan Joseph and quarterback Matt Schaub.

The Texans would also like to extend linebacker Brian Cushing, who is entering the final year of his contract.

Cushing said Wednesday he was not aware of the Texans’ having started negotiations with his agent.

The Texans owe Cushing $3.143 million this year, and his cap number comes out to $4.613 million.