Ian Rapoport updates the negotiations between the Kansas City Chiefs and franchise OLB Justin Houston by reporting that the two sides continue to make progress towards an agreement on a long-term deal.
Rapoport mentions that the deal being discussed would Houston close to Texans DE J.J. Watt and pay him $100 million over the course of six years and include over $50 million guaranteed.
We’ll have more regarding Houston and his situation as the news is available
Earlier this morning, Jason Cole of the Bleacher Report reported something similar, but added that he has no sense of where the two sides are at and whether these talks will result in a long-term deal before today’s deadline.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs and Houston carry the most optimism in finalizing a long-term extension of the current franchised players pursuing a new contract before deadline has passed, but that may not be saying all that much.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentioned last night that it was a “50-50” as to whether or not an agreement will be in place.
Florio insists that neither of the two parties are at a “consensus” or “impasse“, though Houston is searching to swap out the current $13.1 million guaranteed under the franchise tag for next season, as well as the “promise” of a 20 percent raise to his 2016 salary, which will pay him over $15.7 million for that season.
Kansas City has reportedly offered Houston “generational wealth” type of money to get an agreement in place. However, Houston is looking to be paid in the neighborhood of Texans DE J.J. Watt, who signed a six-year, $100 million contract with $51.8 million guaranteed a year ago.
Houston, 25, recorded 68 tackles, 22 sacks, four forced fumbles and five pass defenses over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense this year by a wide margin.