Chiefs release veteran LB Justin Houston to free cap space

Ross Houston
March 13, 2019

With Justin Houston now on the market after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, the National Football League free agency period has a marquee pass rusher for teams to fight over.

No team stepped up to take Houston off Kansas City's hands and the team announced his release on Sunday afternoon.

The outside linebacker carried a salary cap hit of $21.1 million, a number the Chiefs were looking to avoid for the upcoming season. "These decisions are never easy". "His passion helped him become one the most successful pass rushers in franchise history".

"Over the last eight seasons we've had the ability to watch Justin grow into a leader on and off the playing field", Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in a statement issued by the club. Houston has 78.5 career sacks, leaving him fourth on the Chiefs' all-time list. The Chiefs didn't reach the playoffs, but Houston made his third Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro.

30-year-old Houston missed four games to injury in 2018 but still managed nine sacks and 12 quarterback hits, after posting 9.5 and 20, respectively, in 15 games in 2017.

Harris, 27, will make about $1 million more than the original-round tender, which would have allowed other teams to sign him away from Denver for a seventh-round pick instead of a second-rounder. He spent the last eight seasons with the team.

In his career, he has appeared in 102 games, including 96 starts.

When Houston signed that mega-deal in 2015, he was coming off an awesome season. A total of $7.1 million in dead cap money remains on Houston's contract including $4.1 million in original bonus money and $3 million from a restructured deal signed in 2016. It's your ticket to everything sports in Kansas City. and beyond, and helps us produce sports coverage like this.

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