Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that there has is nothing currently happening between the Chiefs and franchise OLB Justin Houston regarding a long-term extension.
According to Florio, contract talks are expected to be picked up on Tuesday with total value and guaranteed money being huge factors in this negotiation given that Houston is a young blue-chip talent.
Jason Cole reported last week that the two sides were expected to meet this past weekend, but it sounds like they decided to wait until this week to see where things stand regarding a new extension.
Cole mentioned that Houston feels as though his one-year franchise tender worth $13 million fully guaranteed is “inadequate.”
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.
If the Chiefs don’t come close to this type of offer, Cole does not expect a deal to get done, even though he admits there’s a chance K.C. is willing to offer Houston this kind of money.
The Chiefs have until Wednesday to negotiate a long-term deal with Houston.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Houston and his situation as the news is available.