Chiefs make Justin Houston their franchise player

The Kansas City Chiefs have named outside linebacker and NFL sack champion Justin Houston their franchise player. "Justin is a talented player and a key contributor to our defense,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “Today was the deadline to designate a franchise player, and it was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Justin. We will continue to discuss long-term options with him and his agent. Our goal is to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We want to keep Justin in a Chiefs uniform for years to come.” Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks last season, a half-sack behind the NFL record established by Michael Strahan in 2001. Houston was named to this third consecutive Pro Bowl. Houston, 26, had to be tagged or signed to a new deal by 4 p.m. today or he would have become an unrestricted free agent March 10. Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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