Justin Houston is a free agent and maybe a reunion with the KC Chiefs is in the cards.
Once upon a time, third-round pick Justin Houston was the most feared defender on the Kansas City Chiefs‘ roster. He had 22 sacks in 2014 and later signed a massive six-year deal worth over $100 million.
Houston struggled to stay healthy after inking that contract and that made it easy to part ways with him following the 2018 season. That offseason saw Brett Veach release some of the biggest names on the defensive side of the ball, but Houston was the biggest of that bunch.
Following his release, Houston signed a two-year deal with the Colts, whose general manager was familiar with the linebacker while in Kansas City. Houston thrived in Indianapolis and started all 16 games both seasons, something he hadn’t done since that 22-sack season in 2014.
Houston proved that even at 32 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank. He also showed that he can remain healthy throughout the course of an entire season, which was the biggest knock on him prior to his signing with the Colts.
The KC Chiefs need pass rushers and Justin Houston coming back makes a lot of sense.
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Bringing Houston in might be easier said than done, but at this stage of his career, if he’s looking to land a ring, the Chiefs are the best landing spot for the former third-round linebacker out of Georgia. The Chiefs won a Super Bowl less than a year after releasing Houston and that has to hurt, but he has a chance to right the ship, come back to the franchise that drafted him, and help them win another title while also winning himself a ring.
Houston had 19 sacks in two seasons with the Colts, showing he still has the ability to get after the quarterback. He’d join the likes of Chris Jones and Frank Clark in Kansas City and would be a massive upgrade to this pass-rushing unit, which has been very spotty as of late.
It’s no secret that the Chiefs don’t have a ton of cash to play with this offseason and they’ve especially invested a lot into their defensive line. If, however, Houston is looking to ring chase to close out his career, he might be willing to sign for less money than normal, which would be the hope here.
Justin Houston is still a very good football player and would have a chance to win a Super Bowl in Kansas City. Will he come back to the team that drafted him?