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Chiefs & DL Jaye Howard Discussing Contract Extension

Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, citing multiple sources, reports that the Chiefs have begun extension talks with DL Jaye Howard.

Paylor mentions that Howard is likely to secure a “significant salary” if he’s allowed to test free agent market after the season. However, there’s still hope that a deal can be get done

Howard has said that they he wants to remain in Kansas City long-term.

“I want to be here,” Howard said. “These guys are like family, man. These are my boys, man, and I like going to war with my brothers. Bailey, (Dontari) Poe, Nick Williams, (Mike) DeVito. I respect them on the field and we’re good. I know they’ve got my back, and they know I’ve got their back.”

Howard, 26, is in the final year of his four-year, $2.535 million rookie contract that included a $435,000 signing bonus. He stands to make a base salary of $660,000 for the 2015 season before testing the open market next year.

In 2015, Howard has recorded 40 tackles, 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and a recovery for the Chiefs over the course of nine games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 57 qualifying players.