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50 Justin Houston OLB
Height/Weight: 6-3/258 | Birthdate: 1/12/1989 | Birthplace: Chico, CA, USA | Team: Kansas City | College: Georgia | NFL Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Chiefs LB Justin Houston agrees to six-year, $101M deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/15/2015) 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
(7/13/2015) 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
(6/16/2015) 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
(6/4/2015) 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
(5/26/2015) 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.”


Chiefs confident they'll reach deal with Justin Houston


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/26/2015) Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt told the Kansas City Star he's confident the team will sign standout outside linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term deal. The Chiefs put a $13.1 million nonexclusive franchise tag on Houston, which he has yet to sign.

“He knows, and his agent knows, how much we want him back,” Hunt said. “We just all have to be patient, and eventually, we’re going to get him signed to a long-term deal.”

Houston has 48.5 sacks in his four-year career. 

“I’ve been very consistent in saying that we not only value Justin as a football player, that we not only value Justin as a person and leader, and we want him to be a Chief for life,” Hunt said.


Report: Justin Houston upset with Chiefs over tag, wants offers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston is reportedly "very upset" with the team for giving him a franchise tag last week, according to a report by Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, citing "multiple sources". 

Scheduled to be a free agent, the tag means that the Chiefs will be able to match any offers Houston receives. The team signing him would also lose draft picks as a result, which would help quell demand. 

Houston will reportedly try to court offer sheets from interested teams. If that fails, he's considering a holdout until week 10. 


Report: Chiefs use franchise tag on Justin Houston


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) The Chiefs have decided to use their franchise tag on Justin Houston, a source told ESPN.

Houston, 26, has recorded 48 1/2 sacks over his first four seasons in the NFL and produced 22 sacks in 2014, which led the league. Signing the one-year deal would be worth about $13 million. Houston is not expected to sign the franchise tag anytime soon, reports NFL.com.

Houston will consult with the NFLPA to decide whether to file a grievance to be classified as a defensive end and not outside linebacker, a source told NBCSports.com.


GM hints Chiefs may use franchise tag on Justin Houston


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March, but general manager John Dorsey hinted that the team might use the franchise tag to keep him in Kansas City. 

Speaking with ESPN's Adam Teicher, Dorsey wouldn't directly answer the question about using the franchise tag on Houston. However he did say, "I don’t foresee Justin going anywhere," indicating that the tag is an option if a deal can't be reached. 

Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014. 


Report: Chiefs expected to renew negotiations with Justin Houston


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2015) While the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston have been unable to agree to a long-term deal, his agent will meet will the Chiefs this week to discuss a long-term contract, a source told NBCSports.com.

If no deal can be reached, the Chiefs are expected to use the franchise tag on Houston. In 2014, Houston produced 22 sacks and 68 tackles.


Packers' Aaron Rodgers named NFL MVP at NFL Honors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was named the 2015 NFL MVP at the NFL Honors awards show, held Saturday at the Phoenix Symphony Hall in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rodgers played all 16 regular-season games in 2014 for just the second time in the last five seasons, completing 65.6 percent of his passes while racking up 4,381 passing yards, 38 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. He also added two more touchdowns on the ground while gaining 269 rushing yards on 43 carries.

Several other awards were handed out at the ceremony Saturday, as follows.

AP Offensive Player of the Year: DeMarco Murray, Cowboys

AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Texans

AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Odell Beckham, Giants

AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Aaron Donald, Rams

AP Comeback Player of the Year: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots

AP Coach of the Year: Bruce Arians, Cardinals

AP Assistant Coach of the Year: Todd Bowles, Cardinals

Walter Payton Man of Year: Thomas Davis, Panthers

Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award: Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals

Salute to Service Award: Jared Allen, Bears

NFL.com Fantasy Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

FedEx Air Player of the Year: Aaron Rodgers, Packers

FedEx Ground Player of the Year: Le'Veon Bell, Steelers

Deacon Jones Award: Justin Houston, Chiefs

Greatness on the Road Award: Tony Romo, Cowboys

Bridgestone Performance Play of the Year: Odell Beckham one-handed catch

Don Shula High School Coach of the Year: Bruce Larson, Somerset (Wisconsin) High School

In addition, eight finalists were voted into the Hall of Fame: running back Jerome Bettis, wide receiver Tim Brown, defensive end/linebacker Charles Haley, linebacker Junior Seau, guard Will Shields, center Mick Tingelhoff and executives Bill Polian and Ron Wolf.


Chiefs rule Donnie Avery, Chris Owens out against Rams


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2014) The Chiefs have labeled wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin) and cornerback Chris Owens (knee) out for Sunday's Week 8 clash against the Rams.

Junior Hemingway (hamstring) was the only player listed on the final injury report as questionable. Meanwhile, Travis Kelce (ribs), Sean Smith (groin), Cyrus Gray (hand) and Justin Houston (ankle) were all full participants in Friday's practice and were officially deemed probable.


Chiefs, Justin Houston not close on new deal


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) A "huge" gap remains between the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston during contract negotiations, a league source told ProFootballTalk.com.

Justin Houston arrives at Chiefs camp


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Sources say Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston arrived on-time for training camp, the Kansas City Star reported. Houston is unhappy with his contract and contemplated holding out in protest but chose not to. He's a free agent after this season. 

Justin Houston expected to show up at training camp


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/16/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston skipped all offseason workouts and remains upset with his contract. But "common sense likely will prompt him to show up for training camp," reports Pro Football Talk. 

If Houston fails to report within 30 days of the season opener, he'd forfeit his chance at 2015 free agency. Houston has 21 sacks in 27 games the past two seasons. He's scheduled to make $1.406 million in the final year of his rookie contract.


Justin Houston a no-show at mandatory minicamp


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/17/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston did not show up for the first day of the team's mandatory minicamp, reports Pro Football Talk. Houston, who also skipped voluntary OTAs, is seeking a big extension as he enters the final year of his contract.

Houston has 26.5 sacks in his three NFL seasons. His absence Monday enabled rookie Dee Ford to take all the first-team snaps.


Two key Chiefs defenders skip OTAs


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/27/2014) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Brandon Flowers did not report for the start of OTAs, reports the Kansas City Star. Houston is entering the last year of his deal seeking a big extension, while Flowers is reportedly on the trading block.

Dee Ford lands in wrong place for Fantasy


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) When the Chiefs drafted Dee Ford , they took a player at a position they already have two established studs at. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both play outside linebacker for the Chiefs, precisely the position Ford will play now that he's on their team. 

Coach Andy Reid envisions using Ford as part of a rotation, which isn't a bad way to ease him into professional football. But it stings Fantasy owners because he won't play every down unless something happens to either Hali or Houston. The double whammy is that he'll play outside linebacker instead of defensive end, which means he'll post numbers that aren't as good as other linebackers in the league. Throw in a back injury that had doctors nervous at the combine and it makes for a challenging situation. 

For these reasons, Ford shouldn't be touched in seasonal Fantasy play and has only mild appeal in dynasty/keeper leagues as a late-round pick. Owners in rookie-only drafts might consider Ford with a mid- to late-round pick since they'd aim for using him over the long haul. 


Chiefs defense in good shape for playoffs


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1/4/2014) Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali is officially active for Saturday's Wild Card round game against the Colts, despite being listed as questionable on the injury report with a knee injury. Hali sat out the team's final regular season game as a result of the injury as well. 

Hali is joined on the field by fellow injured linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) and defensive back Ron Parker (finger, ankle), both of whom were considered probable for the game. 


Chiefs mostly healthy heading into playoff game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali (knee) is listed as questionable for the Saturday playoff clash at Indianapolis. Aside from ruled-out tackle Eric Fisher, he is the lone threat not to play.

The probables are tackle Branden Albert (knee), wideout Dwayne Bowe (concussion), linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), offensive lineman Eric Kush (ankle) and defensive back Ron Parker (finger/ankle).


Justin Houston likely to return for playoff game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/2/2014) Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston, who racked up 11 sacks in the first 10 games before a dislocated elbow cost him the last four games of the regular season, should play Saturday at Indianapolis.

His participation could be a boon for bookend linebacker Tamba Hali, who went sackless in three of the four games in which Houston was inactive due partly to increased double-teaming. Nose tackle Dontari Poe spoke about what the return of Houston could mean to the defense.

"Those guys are great pass-rushers, so (teams) can't just come in and ... double one person, he told the Kansas City Star. "Somebody has to have one-on-one ... when one of those guys are down, it's not the same."

Houston and Hali both finished the regular season with 11 sacks.


Injured Chiefs cleared to face Chargers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/29/2013) Several Chiefs who were probable on the injury report are active at San Diego, including offensive tackle Eric Fisher (shoulder), linebacker Justin Houston (elbow), linebacker James-Michael Johnson (shoulder), cornerback Ron Parker (ankle, shoulder), offensive tackle Donald Stephenson (knee) and kicker Ryan Succop (groin).

NFL reveals defensive selections for Pro Bowl


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The NFL unveiled the roster for the 2014 Pro Bowl Friday, the first in league history with selections determined with regard to conerence. The defensive Pro Bowl selections, as chosen by fan vote as well as coaches and players, are broken down by position as follows, with the teams to be selected Jan. 22 via televised draft.

Defensive end: Greg Hardy, Panthers; Cameron Jordan, Saints; Robert Quinn, Rams; Cameron Wake, Dolphins; J.J. Watt, Texans; Mario Williams, Bills.

Interior lineman: Gerald McCoy, Buccaneers; Haloti Ngata, Ravens; Dontari Poe, Chiefs; Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Kyle Williams, Bills.

Outside linebacker: John Abraham, Cardinals; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Tamba Hali, Chiefs; Justin Houston, Chiefs; Robert Mathis, Colts; Terrell Suggs, Ravens.

Inside/middle linebacker: NaVorro Bowman, 49ers; Vontaze Burfict, Bengals; Luke Kuechly, Panthers; Patrick Willis, 49ers.

Cornerback: Brandon Flowers, Chiefs; Brent Grimes, Dolphins; Joe Haden, Browns; Patrick Peterson, Cardinals; Darrelle Revis, Buccaneers; Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Aqib Talib, Patriots; Alterraun Verner,Titans.

Free safety: Jairus Byrd, Bills; Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Eric Weddle, Chargers.
Strong safety: Eric Berry, Chiefs; Kam Chancellor, Seahawks; Troy Polamalu, Steelers.


Seven Chiefs probable for regular season finale


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2013) The Chiefs have designated seven players as probable for their game Sunday against the Chargers, including top linebacker Justin Houston (elbow).

The others are fellow linebacker James-Michael Johnson  (shoulder), offensive linemen Donald Stephenson (knee)l, Eric Fisher (shoulder) and Branden Albert (knee), defensive back Ron Parker (ankle/shoulder) and kicker Ryan Succop (groin).


Three injuries headline Chiefs inactives


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Among the seven players inactive for the Chiefs in Week 16 against the Colts, only three are out as a result of injuries. Tackle Branden Albert (knee) is joined on the sidelines by linebackers Justin Houston (elbow) and Nico Johnson (ankle).

Additionally, offensive linemen Rishaw Johnson and Eric Kush, quarterback Tyler Bray, and defensive lineman Jaye Howard are all out of uniform Sunday.