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Justin Houston | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 258
College: Georgia
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Speaking Monday, GM John Dorsey said the Chiefs remain in long-term talks with walk-year OLB Justin Houston.
"It’s one step at a time," Dorsey said. Dorsey's words come nine days after CBS' Jason La Canfora reported there was "not a chance" the sides reach an agreement before the year is through. Clearly comfortable betting on himself, Houston is already in line for a monster payday, but could gain even more leverage by repeating his elite 2013. Sep 1 - 2:52 PM

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there is "not a chance" the Chiefs agree to a long-term deal with OLB Justin Houston before this season is over.

La Canfora reports the sides are "far apart," echoing a similar story from PFT published earlier this month. Houston is clearly seeking top-pass-rusher dollar, which is understandable after a dominant 2013 season. Still only 25 years old, Houston would surely break the bank on the 2015 free agent market.
Aug 22 - 1:09 PM

ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reports a "huge" gap exists between OLB Justin Houston's demands and the Chiefs' current offer.

The Chiefs offered Houston a new contract after he reported for training camp, but Houston reportedly "didn't like it." Houston is understandably unhappy with the $1.431 million base salary he is scheduled to make in the final year of his rookie deal, and is likely looking for something similar to the five-year, $57 million deal teammate Tamba Hali received in 2011.
Aug 5 - 5:11 PM

Justin Houston has reported to Chiefs training camp, as expected.

Houston isn't happy with his scheduled $1.431 million base pay for 2014 (the final year of his rookie deal), but he's coming to camp in the hopes negotiations will continue. Even if a deal doesn't get done, Houston can take solace in knowing he'll break the bank in 2015 free agency. The outside linebacker is just 25 years old and has 21 sacks over his last 27 games.
Jul 24 - 11:17 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will report for training camp.

Houston skipped the Chiefs' entire offseason program, but isn't prepared to go to contract war. Reporting is a good-faith gesture that could get talks rolling in the right direction. Still only 25 and headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Houston has 21 sacks over past 27 games. The Kansas City Star believes Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million deal is a potential "starting point" in talks.
Jul 22 - 7:35 PM

The Kansas City Star points to Tamba Hali's five-year, $57 million extension as a "starting point" in long-term negotiations for Chiefs contract-year OLB Justin Houston.

That's a good benchmark. Clay Matthews is the highest-paid 3-4 outside 'backer in the league at $13.2 million annually, while Trent Cole ($12.13 million) and Hali ($11.5 million) are two and three, respectively. Houston, 25, is younger than all three of them and has been a dominating edge rusher with 21 sacks in 27 games the past two seasons. He's going to break the bank, as long as he continues to rack up the sacks. Houston is expected to report to camp.
Jul 16 - 4:53 PM

A source tells ProFootballTalk that Chiefs OLB Justin Houston will likely show up for training camp next week.

Houston, a two-time Pro Bowler with 21 sacks in his last 27 games, is due just $1.431 million as he enters the final year of his contract. He made his displeasure with that rate known by skipping all offseason workouts, including mandatory minicamp. But he's facing fines of $30,000 per day by skipping camp, and must report within 30 days of Week 1 to ensure he'll become a free agent in 2015. Ideally, the Chiefs will find a way to extend their valuable pass-rusher at some point in August.
Jul 16 - 11:04 AM

The Chiefs' defense surrendered 25.2 points per game during OLB Justin Houston's five missed games last season, compared to just 16.3 points allowed with Houston in the lineup.

Find more stats like this on each NFL team in Evan Silva's Pre-Camp Roster Rankings, available at the link below. Kansas City's defensive cliff-drop without Houston likely at least partially explains GM John Dorsey's use of a top-25 pick on Dee Ford, who gives the team much-needed depth at pass rusher. The numbers also hint at 25-year-old Houston's on-field value. Houston is known to be seeking a contract extension. He skipped mandatory minicamp in June.
Jul 14 - 2:38 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is skipping this week's mandatory minicamp.

Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Houston is seeking an extension after terrorizing opposing offenses in 2013. Unlike Alex Boone and Vernon Davis' no-shows at 49ers minicamp, Houston's absence actually makes sense, and could extend into training camp. However, a new deal is the most logical outcome for both sides. Something could get hammered out later this month.
Jun 17 - 5:30 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport confirms Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is eyeing a new contract.

Houston was a no-show for OTAs on Tuesday. Due $1.431 million in the final year of his rookie deal, it's unclear if Houston is planning to skip next month's minicamp. Houston has emerged as a superstar, and should soon be paid like one.
May 27 - 5:11 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston did not report for the start of OTAs on Tuesday.

Houston has one year left on his rookie deal and is coming off a monster season. He recorded 12 sacks across 11 games and has 26.5 sacks through his first three seasons. Due a meager $1.431 million in 2014, Houston is likely eyeing a big-time extension. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported in February that the two sides were talking, but we haven't heard anything since. Houston will probably be seeking close to $10 million annually on a long-term deal.
May 27 - 12:28 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Chiefs are discussing a long-term extension with OLB Justin Houston.

A Pro Bowler in 2013, Houston is due just a $645,000 salary entering the final year of his rookie deal. He graded out as the No. 1 overall outside linebacker by Pro Football Focus last season and is going to command a massive contract. With the Chiefs roughly $9.79 million under the cap, they'll likely need to sign Houston to a backloaded extension. Lamar Woodley is currently the highest paid outside linebacker in the league with an average salary of $10.25 million.
Feb 28 - 7:23 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston escaped with a PCL strain and bone bruise after Saturday's Wild Card round loss.

It's a day-to-day deal that should be fully healed within a matter of weeks. Houston finished the regular season with 11 sacks in 11 appearances, and added a 12th sack of Andrew Luck on Saturday. Houston is due a minimum base salary entering his contract year. He's going to request a raise very soon.
Jan 5 - 5:25 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is listed as probable for Saturday's Wild Card clash with the Colts.

Houston hasn't played a snap since Week 12, but his legs should be fresh to harass Andrew Luck at Lucas Oil Stadium. Of more concern for Kansas City is fellow OLB Tamba Hali's (knee) questionable status. Hali is shaping up as a game-time decision. Houston and Hali both had 11 sacks in 2013.
Jan 3 - 1:39 PM

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (elbow) is expected to return for Saturday's Wild Card game against the Colts.

Houston hasn't played since dislocating his elbow in Week 12. It's led to double teams on fellow edge rusher Tamba Hali and caused defensive coordinator Bob Sutton to call more risky blitzes. Houston's return will have a huge impact on a Chiefs defense that has relied on big plays all year long. He had 11 sacks and one forced fumble before going down.
Jan 2 - 9:19 AM

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