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Chiefs open OTAs without Justin Houston and Brandon Flowers

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Like many other teams, the Chiefs held their first organized team activity of the offseason on Tuesday.

Unlike some of those other teams, they did it without two of their defensive starters from last season. Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that neither linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Brandon Flowers were in attendance for the voluntary practice.

Paylor reports it is unclear why Flowers is absent, but the corner┬áhas been the subject of trade discussion for much of the offseason. His future in Kansas City only got more uncertain when the team added cornerback Phillip Gaines to a group that also includes Sean Smith and Marcus Cooper, although the $5.25 million he’s due to make this year as well as the two remaining years on his deal after 2014 may make it difficult to find a trading partner.

There’s been no specific reason given for Houston’s absence either, but Paylor believes it is “likely related to his contract.” Houston is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is set┬áto make $1.4 million under the terms of that deal. With 26.5 sacks in his first three seasons, it stands to reason Houston would be looking for something more lucrative. It also stands to reason that the Chiefs would like to keep him around, so an extension could come at some point in the near future.

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8 Responses to “Chiefs open OTAs without Justin Houston and Brandon Flowers”
  1. santoryu64 says: May 27, 2014 2:35 PM

    Chiefs too busy getting Houston his blank check ready. He’s gonna get paid soon.

  2. jjackwagon says: May 27, 2014 3:10 PM

    Pretty sure neither of these guys needs OTAs to be ready for the season.

  3. raiderapologist says: May 27, 2014 3:13 PM

    Flowers is going to be hard to trade with his current contract. His contract far exceeds his performance. Houston, however, makes less than the punter, so it’s not hard to understand why he’s staying away.

  4. lscratchingthesurface says: May 27, 2014 3:39 PM

    You’d think we would have gotten something done for Houston after the draft. He deserves a huge raise; but I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. As in holding out for the season. But I know he will be forced or get fined if he isn’t there during required player OTAs.

  5. onbucky96 says: May 27, 2014 4:48 PM

    Voluntary workouts there buddy. Quit whinning.

  6. 505c says: May 27, 2014 6:56 PM

    OMG I SHOULD BE SO WORRIED!

    Said no one.

  7. jrebar88 says: May 27, 2014 8:51 PM

    jjackwagon says:
    May 27, 2014 3:10 PM
    Pretty sure neither of these guys needs OTAs to be ready for the season.
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    505c says:
    May 27, 2014 6:56 PM
    OMG I SHOULD BE SO WORRIED!

    Said no one.
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    How did that 28 point lead work for the Chiefs?

  8. 505c says: May 28, 2014 7:41 AM

    How did being “THE GREATEST OFFENZE EVAR” work out for the lowly Donkey? Your point?

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