After slapping the franchise tag on All-Pro defensive end Justin Houston, the Kansas City Chiefs had a small window to sign him, and they did. In a big way.

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Chiefs agreed to a six-year, $101 million deal with the 26-year old, with $52.5 million guaranteed. Jason La Canfora of CBS sports broke down the numbers of the deal.

Houston tweeted out his appreciation once the deal was signed, sealed and delivered.


Schefter noted the deal was the richest in Chiefs history, and the richest ever given to a linebacker. Houston’s contract is the second richest by a defensive player behind Miami Dolphins’ Ndamukong Suh.

Joel Corry of CBS Sports noted that despite the contract’s huge numbers, Kansas City would actually save $5 million toward the cap because of the structure of the deal.

Houston is coming off the best season of his career. He led the NFL in sacks with 22, and made the All-Pro team for the first time. It was the culmination of the last four sesaons, in which he emerged as one of the league’s elite pass-rushers.

King Jut (@KingJut92)