Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Kansas City Chiefs are expected to renew negotiations with OLB Justin Houston in the near future.
According to La Canfora, Houston remains the Chiefs’ “top priority,” but an agreement between the two parties remains “highly unlikely” at this point in time.
La Canfora points out that Houston is well positioned to cash in next year as an unrestricted free agent. However, the Chiefs do have their franchise tag at their disposal and La Canfora adds that Kansas City has “no intentions of letting Houston go.”
It would reportedly take as much as $30 million guaranteed to get Houston under contract long-term.
Houston, 25, is in the final year of his rookie contract and will make just $1.431 million for the 2014 season.
Over the course of five games, Houston has recorded 19 tackles, six sacks, a sourced fumble and a pass defensed. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense this year.