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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

The release of Anthony Fasano makes Travis Kelce an "every-down tight end."

Aside from athletic freak Jamaal Charles, Kelce was arguably the Chiefs' most prolific offensive player last season, grabbing 67 catches for 862 yards and five scores. Kelce might never leave the field now that Fasano is out of the picture. Assuming a clean bill of health, Kelce could easily put up Greg Olsen numbers next season (84 receptions, 1,008 yards, six touchdowns in 2014).
Feb 27 - 9:54 AM

The Kansas City Star reports the Chiefs and free agent S Kurt Coleman have "mutual interest" in a new deal.

The Chiefs met with Coleman's player rep at the Combine. The Star previously reported Coleman is expected to seek in the neighborhood of $1.5-$2 million annually. Coleman was a playmaker as the Chiefs' No. 4 safety last season.
Feb 26 - 3:17 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora expects free agent C Rodney Hudson to net at least $7 million annually on the open market.

Hudson is aiming to become one of the league's highest-paid pivots. Only Maurkice Pouncey, Alex Mack, Ryan Kalil, and Nick Mangold earn $7 million-plus annually. Hudson doesn't turn 26 until July and was PFF's No. 3 center last season. La Canfora reports the Raiders are "looking hard" at Hudson.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 25 - 3:04 PM

The Chiefs are expected to approach LE Mike DeVito about taking a pay cut.

DeVito tore his Achilles' in Week 1 and will turn 31 in June. The Chiefs are up against the cap and need to make room for free agent OLB Justin Houston either via a long-term deal or the franchise tag. DeVito is scheduled to count $5.4 million against the cap, and Kansas City can clear $4 million by releasing him. DeVito reportedly feels comfortable hitting the open market. He's a quality run defender in the 3-4 defense. The Chiefs have some depth on the defensive line.
Feb 25 - 10:57 AM

The Chiefs met with free agent Rodney Hudson's representative at the Combine.

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star says the talks are ongoing. Hudson is seeking to become the highest-paid center in the NFL. This offseason is going to be quite the juggling act for the Chiefs as they look to re-sign Hudson and NFL sack-leader Justin Houston. The latter is likely to receive the franchise tag.
Feb 23 - 5:18 PM

Free agent S Ron Parker's initial asking price is roughly $6 million per year.

Parker and his representatives have been in contact with the Chiefs and it sounds like the two sides are working on a deal. Of course, Kansas City's finances are tied directly to Justin Houston, who is in for a huge payday after leading the league in sacks in 2014. Once Houston is squared away, the rest of Kansas City's offseason dominoes will fall into place. Regardless, $6M/year for Parker -- our No. 13 free agent safety available -- isn't happening.
Feb 20 - 9:52 AM

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

The Chiefs will meet with the representatives of free agent OLB Justin Houston at the NFL Combine this week.

Per the K.C. Star's Terez Paylor, the Chiefs will hold off on franchise tagging Houston until the sides meet. The team is certainly targeting a long-term deal, but only at their price. If the sides can't come to an agreement, the Chiefs will tag Houston and he intends to sign the tag shortly thereafter.
Feb 15 - 3:16 PM

Chiefs signed CB Shaquille Richardson.

A fifth-round pick by the Steelers last season, Richardson was unable to crack Pittsburgh's 53-man roster out of training camp and spent most of the season on the practice squad. He was released with an injury settlement in October. Richardson has the size (6'0/194) and athletic ability to be an NFL starter, but it is concerning he could not find a home in Pittsburgh's terrible secondary.
Feb 14 - 9:56 AM

The Chiefs are expected to use the franchise tag on free agent OLB Justin Houston.

The two-week window to apply the tag opens Monday. Given that there have been no meaningful talks on a long-term deal yet, it's an easy call for the Chiefs to use it on our No. 1 free agent edge player. PFT says that Houston will "immediately" sign the tender, which means he's OK with playing on a one-year deal for roughly $11.4M.
Feb 12 - 8:34 AM

The Kansas City Star expects free agent S Kurt Coleman to seek $1.5-$2 million annually.

Coming off a year where he played only 74 defensive snaps for the Eagles, Coleman was highly effective as the Chiefs' No. 4 safety in 2014. He notched 37 tackles, three interceptions and a forced fumble despite playing a modest 396 snaps. Still only 27 (in July), Coleman could get a chance to compete for a starting job, but is still best suited to a reserve role.
Feb 10 - 3:18 PM

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