According to Paylor, the Chiefs aren’t expected to use their franchise tag on Houston before the meeting with his representatives this week.
Paylor adds that Houston and his camp have yet to make a decision as to whether to or not they’ll sign the franchise tender, if if/when it’s issued.
Should the Chiefs elect to franchise Houston, it would cost Kansas City close to $13.116 million.
Florio reiterates that the Chiefs are still expected to apply the franchise tag to Houston if they’re unable to reach an agreement at some point in the near future.
The two sides reportedly haven’t discussed a long-term deal for several months, so this is at least an encouraging sign that they would like to get an agreement in place.
The problem here is that the Chiefs are in a tough financial position and have little cap space to work with. Houston has played so well in recent years that it would be surprising at all to hear that he’s targeting a deal close to J.J. Watt‘s eight-year, $108.88 million contract that included $51.8 million guaranteed.
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 have Houston listed as the No. 1 player in our Top 50 – 2015 Free Agents list.