According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, The Kansas City Chiefs are working on an extension for fourth year linebacker, Justin Houston.
Excellent news for Chiefs fans across the Kingdom. Justin Houston was having a defensive MVP type of year before dislocating his elbow. He finished 2013 with 11 sacks and is quickly proving that he is one of the more dominating pass rushers in the NFL today.
The 25 year old outside linebacker will certainly be looking to get payed. With the salary cap officially set to $133 million, the Chiefs have some room to work out extensions with players like Houston and Alex Smith.
Extending Houston makes sense on a lot of levels, especially because he’s still playing the final season of a rookie third round deal that will only pay him $645,000 in 2014. Having to pay the man is inevitable and it’s better for the Chiefs to do it now rather than let him hit free agency next season.
Houston’s partner in crime, Tamba Hali, currently sits on the Chiefs roster with a cap number of $15 million and more than likely, the Chiefs are looking into restructuring that deal. Houston is certainly going to want top pass rusher money, and in order for the Chiefs to keep the dynamic duo together, Hali will likely need to re-do is deal.
Hearing this news out of the combine is great and hopefully the extension gets done this season. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Chiefs extend Houston at least 4 years, having him making around $8-9 million per year. Having Houston in the Chiefs front seven for many years to come sounds like a great idea if you ask me.