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Justin Houston | Linebacker

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/12/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 258
College: Georgia
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Chiefs signed OLB Justin Houston to a six-year, $101 million contract.
The deal includes a whopping $52.5 million in guaranteed money, and a $20.5 million signing bonus. It's both the richest deal in Chiefs history and the largest ever for an NFL linebacker. Houston wanted J.J. Watt money and he got it. This contract will keep Houston in Kansas City until his age-31 season. Houston finished with 22 sacks last season, just a half-sack shy of Michael Strahan's single season record. With Houston under contract, Dez Bryant, Jason Pierre-Paul and Demaryius Thomas remain as the NFL's only unsigned franchise players. Jul 15 - 12:21 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports of all the unsigned franchise players, the Chiefs and OLB Justin Houston have the "most optimism" of reaching a long-term agreement before Wednesday's deadline.

Considering the other two unsigned franchise players Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant appear to have little-to-no optimism of reaching a deal, it'd be hard for Houston and the Chiefs to not be the most optimistic. PFT's Mike Florio put the odds at "50-50" earlier on Tuesday that the two sides hash out their differences. Houston is likely seeking upwards of $15 million annually.
Jul 14 - 9:27 PM

Profootballtalk puts the Chiefs' odds of reaching a long-term agreement with unsigned franchise player Justin Houston before Wednesday's deadline at "50-50."

Mike Florio reported on Monday that the sides had made "no real progress in months," but that they would resume talking on Tuesday. That appears to be what happened. Headed into his age-26 season with 43 sacks over his past 43 games, Houston has no reason to take a discount.
Jul 14 - 6:51 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Chiefs have made "significant progress" in long-term talks with unsigned franchise player Justin Houston.

It directly contradicts Profootballtalk's Monday report that the sides have made "no real progress in months." The Kansas City Star later confirmed Mike Florio's report. Houston's odds of getting a long-term pact by Wednesday's deadline appear to be no better than 50-50.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 13 - 3:24 PM

Profootballtalk and the Kansas City Star report the Chiefs will resume long-term talks with unsigned franchise player Justin Houston on Tuesday.

PFT reports the sides have made "no real progress" in "months." Wednesday is the deadline for teams to sign franchise players to long-term contracts.
Jul 13 - 1:24 PM

The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs have made no significant progress in contract talks with franchise player Justin Houston.

Houston's franchise tender costs $13.1 million. He has not yet signed the offer, and is sitting out voluntary OTAs as an unsigned player. The sides have until July 15 to come to terms on a long-term extension. So long as Houston remains unsigned, he can sit out all team-related activities without fear of a fine.
Jun 4 - 12:52 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey revealed Friday that team has had recent contract talks with franchise player OLB Justin Houston.

Houston was a no-show when Kansas City began spring conditioning, but it's good news the sides have begun to converse. As of April 16, there were reported to be no talks. Houston has not signed his one-year, $13.17 million franchise tender and won't have to attend team workouts until he's under contract.
Apr 24 - 2:07 PM

Franchise player Justin Houston was a no-show for the start of Chiefs voluntary workouts.

Unsigned franchise players are almost never in attendance for the offseason program. Coach Andy Reid is confident Houston wants to remain in Kansas City even though he made noise about soliciting offers from other teams. "He knows this is a good place for him," Reid said. "We know this is a good place for him. They’ll get it all worked out." The sides have reportedly had no talks.
Apr 20 - 2:51 PM

The Chiefs have not had contract talks with OLB Justin Houston since the team franchise-tagged him in March.

The two sides have until July 15 to hash out a deal, so there's still time. Another team could swoop in and sign Houston to an offer sheet but it would require giving up two first-round picks. Houston, who led the league with 22 sacks last season, was Pro Football Focus' top-ranked 3-4 outside linebacker in 2014.
Apr 16 - 9:25 PM

Chiefs franchise player OLB Justin Houston is expected to "actively solicit an offer sheet" in the hopes Kansas City won't match it.

Houston is extremely unhappy after getting tagged earlier this week and is already making waves. Coming off a 22-sack campaign and just turning 26, it's not out of the question that he'll draw some interest. However, the chances of Houston actually escaping Kansas City are extremely slim. A team signing him to an offer sheet would have to pay Houston and surrender two first-round picks.
Mar 8 - 9:42 AM

Chiefs franchise tagged OLB Justin Houston will not sign his tender immediately.

Clearly unhappy with the tag, a league source tells PFT that Houston is already considering waiting until Week 10 to sign his tender. By protesting the lack of a long-term deal via that path, he minimizes his risk of getting hurt while still accruing a year toward free agency. At the very least, we'd expect Houston to skip OTAs and minicamps. Meanwhile, Houston is also consulting with the NFLPA to decide whether he should file a grievance on his positional status. The Chiefs tagged him as a linebacker, worth roughly $13.17M. Defensive end franchise tags are worth roughly $14.78M.
Mar 2 - 10:45 AM

Chiefs placed the franchise tag on OLB Justin Houston.

Houston's one-year tender will be worth roughly $13.1M. It's a bargain deal for a player that has emerged as a truly elite edge defender, leading the league in sacks with 22 last season (just a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's NFL record). Over the last three years, Houston has ranked first, first and fourth in PFF's 3-4 OLB grades -- and he's just 26 years old. The Chiefs will continue to try to get a long-term deal worked out, but they were never going to let Houston play anywhere else in 2015. If Houston had hit the open market, he would have rivaled Ndamukong Suh for the richest free-agent contract.
Mar 2 - 9:42 AM

Impending free agent OLB Justin Houston was a no-show for the Chiefs' Saturday banquet, where he was announced as the team's 2014 MVP.

This may hint at Houston's intentions of staying away from team functions as he negotiates with the Chiefs. Talks are said to be "ongoing," but Houston is likely to be franchise tagged before any significant progress is made.
Feb 28 - 8:19 PM

Chiefs GM John Dorsey says he's had "ongoing" talks with free agent OLB Justin Houston's player rep at the Combine.

Despite the "ongoing" talks, the Chiefs are fully expected to apply the franchise tag to their All-Pro edge rusher. "Like I’ve said all along, I envision Justin being a Chief," was Dorsey's response when asked about the tag. The Chiefs have until March 2 to designate Houston as their franchise player.
Feb 19 - 7:50 PM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports the Chiefs have "never been close" to a long-term deal with free agent OLB Justin Houston, and are expected to apply the franchise tag.

The tag has been expected for the 2011 third-rounder, who led the league with 22 sacks in 2014. Per Garafolo, Houston may wait a while before signing. Previous reports had suggested Houston would "immediately" sign the one-year tender, but he apparently wants to make the Chiefs sweat as the sides negotiate a long-term pact. Houston turned 26 last month.
Feb 17 - 3:03 PM

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