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Andy Reid not sure if Justin Houston will attend minicamp

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The Chiefs had two veteran defensive players missing from OTAs this year and they know that one of them won’t be back for this week’s mandatory minicamp after releasing cornerback Brandon Flowers last week.

It’s still up in the air about the other one. Coach Andy Reid said on 810 WHB that he doesn’t know whether or not linebacker Justin Houston, who is entering the final year of his rookie deal and looking for an extension, will be at the mandatory minicamp that opens on Tuesday.

“I don’t know that,” Reid said, via Arrowhead Pride. “I expect them all to be here and then whoever is here, we’re going to coach them. If they don’t show up, I understand the profession. I’ve been around it a long time and I just move on. That’s how it works. You coach who you have, and you coach them like crazy.”

Reid said he thought Houston missed some new things during OTAs and said he thought there was a lot of talent at the position, including first-round pick Dee Ford, in the event Houston continues to stay away from the team. Neither of those things is likely to make the Chiefs less interested in retaining Houston, who has 26.5 sacks in three years with the team.

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6 Responses to “Andy Reid not sure if Justin Houston will attend minicamp”
  1. redislander10 says: Jun 16, 2014 2:56 PM

    Hopefully, by tomorrow, the Chiefs will be announcing that Justin Houston is attending OTAs and has a shiny new contract with Brandon Flowers’ money.

  2. matthoover4 says: Jun 16, 2014 3:00 PM

    They cut Flowers to save $15 million against the cap for the next 2 years. They need to extend Houston and get him into camp with that space they opened up and then worry about Alex Smith, whom they can franchise next year if need be.

    With Dee Ford waiting in the wings, it’s like that this will be Tamba Hali’s last season in Kansas City, unless he’s open to a drastic paycut. Will be a sad day when that business decision is made, I fear.

  3. afcdomination says: Jun 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    keep that tag for smith next year IF he performs well against one tough schedule. Houston is an elite pass rusher, KC would be smart to retain him now and extend that deal to 6 years, and then Ford and Houston could make a pretty darn scary tandem for years to come. unfortunately, hali becomes a cap casualty next year, but someone will sign him as he is still beyond effective, whereas flowers has arguably regressed, Hali still leads the team in pressures.

    their focus should be on keeping Houston, Poe and Berry and the core 3 and future of their defense.

  4. joetoronto says: Jun 16, 2014 4:54 PM

    What a fraud of a team.

  5. phinatic29 says: Jun 16, 2014 5:32 PM

    Here comes the market correction on the Chiefs. Reid and Dorsey got to open against a cream puff 2013 schedule. We’ll see their real worth after 2014.

  6. raiderapologist says: Jun 16, 2014 8:00 PM

    Without Houston, there is a lot less talent at the position. Ford is untested. The economy-sized ketchup bottle is talking out his arse.

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