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|09/01/2015||Jordan Matthews, WR PHI|
DeAndre Hopkins, WR HOU
|Jonathan Stewart, RB CAR|
Julio Jones, WR ATL
Kyle Rudolph, TE MIN
Justin Houston, OLB KC
|08/30/2015||James Laurinaitis, MLB STL||Justin Houston, OLB KC|
|08/25/2015||Justin Houston, OLB KC||Jordan Matthews, WR PHI|
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Chiefs LB Justin Houston agrees to six-year, $101M deal
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(7/15/15) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston agreed to a six-year, $101 million contract, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. The deal includes $52.5 million in guaranteed money, which is the richest deal in NFL history for a linebacker and the richest deal in Chiefs' history.
Houston was able to get a deal done with the Chiefs prior to Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline for players under the franchise tag to negotiate a long-term contract this year. Houston was slated to make $13.1 million in 2015 playing under the franchise tag.
Houston is now the second-highest paid defensive player in the NFL behind Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (six years, $114 million). Houston's contract is also slightly better than Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who signed a six-year, $100 million contract extension ($51.8 million guaranteed) in September.
The 26-year-old linebacker has made the Pro Bowl the last three seasons. He was a first-team All-Pro player in 2014, as he led the NFL with 22 sacks. Through four NFL seasons, Houston has totaled 198 tackles, 48 1/2 sacks, seven forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and 19 pass defenses.
Chiefs, LB Justin Houston remain at impasse
|by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer|
|(7/13/15) Linebacker Justin Houston and the Chiefs remain far off on a long-term deal, with Wednesday's deadline for completing one rapidly approaching, per ProFootballTalk.com.
Houston, who has been tagged as the Chiefs' franchise player, is seeking a big deal with a large guarantee. The teams are scheduled to renew contract talks on Tuesday.
Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks last season, and has amassed 48 1/2 sacks in his four-year career.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston doesn't show to minicamp
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(6/16/15) As expected, Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston was a no-show to mandatory minicamp, according to the Kansas City Star.
Houston is unhappy with the lack of a long-term contract with the organization. He's set to play under the franchise tag this season if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement on a new deal.
Report: Chiefs not making progress with Justin Houston's contract
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(6/4/15) The Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston continue to try and work out a contract extension, but the two sides have not made significant progress, a source told The Kansas City Star.
Houston was tagged with a franchise tag by the team earlier in the offseason, but Houston is seeking a multi-year contract extension.
If he does not sign the franchise tender, Houston is not required to report to the team until shortly before the regular season begins and he can still receive his full salary.
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston a no-show to OTAs
|by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com|
|(5/26/15) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston did not show up to Tuesday's organized team activity practice, according to the Kansas City Star.
Houston is reportedly seeking a long-term deal and would prefer not to sign the franchise tender the Chiefs are offering. The Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Houston earlier this offseason.
The Chiefs have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with the star outside linebacker. If they don't, teams could offer Houston deals with the Chiefs having the right to match. And if the Chiefs chose not to match, they would receive two first-round picks from the team signing Houston away.
Houston totaled 22 sacks a year ago. Teammate Tamba Hali said that Houston has been working out and would like to practice with the Chiefs if it was possible.
“Every two or three weeks, we talk,” Hali said. “He's working, he's working his tail off. Like any player, he wants to be here. But we know our league is a business, and we've got to allow that process to work itself out. He wants to be here. He's missing it.”
|Justin Houston was the premier pass rusher in the NFL last season with 22 sacks, and the Chiefs made him their franchise player instead of giving him a long-term deal. We hope that doesn't lead to a holdout in training camp because Houston is a beast at rushing the passer. He has at least 10 sacks each of the past three seasons with 43 over that span, and last year he added 69 total tackles (60 solo) with five pass defenses and four forced fumbles. Keep an eye on his contract situation, but if Houston shows up for training camp on time he's worth drafting as a must-start linebacker in IDP leagues with a mid-round pick.
(Updated 6/17/15) |