Chiefs Extend LB Justin Houston to $101M Deal
The Kansas City Chiefs deadly pass-rush combination of Tamba Hali and Justin Houston has quickly become one of the NFL's more explosive duos. Today, Houston inked a record-setting deal that will keep the self-dubbed "Sack City" attack in Kansas City for the foreseeable future.
Hours before today's 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline, Houston and the Chiefs agreed to a 6-year, $101M contract extension, the biggest contract in the history of the Chiefs and for a NFL linebacker.
Houston will be given the second-highest guaranteed money ($52.5M) in regards to defensive players in today's NFL, behind only Miami's Ndamukong Suh ($59.95M).
Houston led the NFL with 22.0 sacks in 2014, only a 0.5 sack shy of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5 set in 2001. In his career, the 2011 3rd-round pick has averaged 49.5 tackles, 12.1 sacks and 1.8 forced fumbles in his four seasons, having only missed four games.