Chiefs Have No Plans To Move On From Justin Houston, Despite Defensive Changes

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that veteran OLB Justin Houston won’t be among the Chiefs’ roster cuts this offseason.

Kansas City has already begun to move on from some notable players including LB Derrick Johnson and CB Darrelle Revis and some wondered if the Chiefs could consider moving on from other high-priced veterans.

Houston is among the best pass-rushers in the game, so even though he’s set to carry a cap figure of $20.6 million for the 2018 season, it would make sense for the Chiefs to hold onto him.

Houston, 29, is a former third-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2011. He’s currently in the fourth year of his six-year, $101 million contract that included $52.5 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $14.75 million and $15.25 million over the next two years.

In 2017, Houston appeared in 15 games for the Chiefs and recorded 59 tackles, 9.5 sacks, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and five pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 15 edge rusher out of 106 qualifying players.