Source: Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston lands six-year, $101 million deal

The Kansas City Chiefs have locked up outside linebacker Justin Houston with a blockbuster deal worth $101 million, according to league sources. The deal includes $52.5 million. It's the biggest linebacker deal in NFL history. Houston, 26, is in the prime of his career and had 22 sacks last season to lead the league. Houston was the Chiefs' franchise player. NFL teams have until this afternoon to sign franchise players to long-term deals. Otherwise, they'll play this year under one-year franchise tenders. Houston has 248 tackles, 48.5 career sacks and seven forced fumbles. “Today we were able to reach an agreement with Justin and his agent, Joel Segal, to keep him here in Kansas City for the foreseeable future,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. “He’s one of the top players in the National Football League and a premier pass rusher. As we’ve said from the beginning, Justin the football player, and the person, is someone we wanted to be a part of our organization. We are very happy that he will remain a member of the Chiefs.” “John, Joel and their staffs did a great job of getting this deal done,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “Justin has a relentless work ethic on the field and in the classroom, and he provides our team with tremendous leadership. He is a fearless competitor, and we are glad he is going to be back.” Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
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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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