Justin Houston LB KC 2 months ago13 Comments

Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal Wednesday that includes $52.5 million guaranteed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Houston skipped the Chiefs' early offseason workouts as he searched for a long-term deal with the club. The resulting contract is the largest for a linebacker in NFL history. If any linebacker's earned the contract, Houston is it. He followed up an 11-sack 2013 season by doubling it to 22 last season. Still early in his career, the fifth-year linebacker should provide the Chiefs with a strong pass-rushing presence for years to come.

Justin Houston LB KC 3 months ago

Houston probably won't attend the Chiefs' mandatory three-day minicamp next week, according to coach Andy Reid, The Kansas City Star reports.

Houston, who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season, remains in search of a long-term contract from the Chiefs; however, with no such deal in place, Houston has been absent from Kansas City's team activities this offseason. That time away figures to continue next week, when Houston is not anticipated to attend minicamp. At the moment, Houston's reluctance toward moving forward under the Chiefs' franchise tag has been abundantly clear, so unless a long-term extension is struck before the July 15 deadline, the highly productive Houston figures to continue his stance.

Justin Houston LB KC 6 months ago

Houtson will receive the Chiefs' franchise tag for the 2015 season, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

Houston will earn nearly $14 million for the 2015 campaign. The outside linebacker/defensive end recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single season record of 22.5. Given the potential salary Houston could earn on the open market, the Chiefs are likely keeping Houston at a fair price.

Justin Houston LB KC 7 months ago

The Chiefs are slated to meet with Houston's agent at the NFL combine this coming week, Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports.Paylor further suggests that the Chiefs aren't expected to use their franchise tag on Houston before they meet with Houston's representative, but either way, retaining the NFL's 2014 sack leader is a priority for the team. Houston finished up this past season with 69 tackles, 22 sacks and four forced fumbles in 16 games.

Justin Houston LB KC 8 months ago

Houston recorded five tackles, four sacks, three QB hits and a pass defensed in Sunday's season finale against the Chargers.

Houston ended his 2014 season with a bang, getting to Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers at will. He finished the 2014 season just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's 2011 record (22.5), and will head into the offseason as a free agent primed for a big payday.

Justin Houston LB KC 8 months ago

Houston recorded four tackles (all solo) and a sack Sunday against the Steelers.

Houston continues to make his way to the quarterback, now recording a sack in three straight games. He will head into Week 17 with a half-sack lead over J.J. Watt, with an opportunity to reach 20 sacks on the season with two Sunday.

Justin Houston LB KC 9 months ago

Houston recorded three tackles (all solo), one sack, and two QB hits Sunday against the Raiders.

Houston tacked on another sack onto his total, giving him 17 for the season, tied with Elvis Dumervil for the most in the league. Despite facing a good offensive line with the Raiders, the Chiefs were able to get to Derek Carr four times on the day. Houston and the Chiefs head to Pittsburgh in Week 15.

Justin Houston LB KC 9 months ago

Houston recorded three tackles, two sacks and a tackle for loss Sunday against the Cardinals.

Houston continues to rack up sacks, but didn't do much in the tackle department afterward. He and the Chiefs will face a good Raiders offensive line that has allowed just 20 sacks all season.

Justin Houston LB KC 9 months ago

Houston recorded a sack, three tackles for loss, two passes defensed, and eight tackles (seven solo) Sunday against the Broncos.

Houston continues to rack up sacks, now with one in each of the past two weeks following two dry weeks. He also recorded a season-high eight tackles and forced a fumble, and remains a good option in IDP leagues.

Justin Houston LB KC 10 months ago

Houston had four tackles (two solo), three QB hits and one pass defense against the Seahawks.

While Houston failed to add to his league-leading sack total, his three QB hits suggests he was still putting pressure on the quarterback. Sunday marked the third week in a row in which he was held out of the column, a streak that may be difficult to end as the Chiefs head to Oakland, a club that has allowed the second-least sacks (12) this season.