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General manager Rick Smith is committed to the Houston Texans through 2012. ((David J. Phillip/Associated Press))

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith was rewarded Tuesday with a four-year contract extension through 2012.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Smith, 38, is the youngest GM in the NFL, and was the architect of Houston's first .500 team with an 8-8 record last season. 

"We're on our way," Smith said.

"He has done an outstanding job for us," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "He really has a good understanding of not only football, but other challenges that we face in putting together a successful organization."

Smith was hired as the second GM in the seven-year history of the franchise on June 5, 2006, replacing Charley Casserly, who  resigned May 10.

"Rick has done a tremendous job since he has been here, building this roster and this football team," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said.

"We think he is very capable and that he can do the job in a very professional manner," McNair said. "The main thing is finding the talent and I think he has done a very good job of that."

Smith spent four seasons as a defensive backs coach for the Denver Broncos followed by six more as head of pro personnel operations before he was promoted to assistant GM.

He is one of three black GMs in the NFL, the others being Ozzie Newsome of the Baltimore Ravens and Jerry Reese of the New York Giants.

With files from the Associated Press