“Huge” gap exists between Chiefs, Justin Houston

AP

Linebacker Justin Houston was sufficiently upset with the lack of a new contract to skip the offseason program.  But he showed up for training camp, realizing that the best way to get paid is to complete the final year of his rookie deal.

The Chiefs rewarded Houston for honoring his current obligations by offering a new contract.  Houston didn’t like it.  Per a league source, a “huge” gap current exists between the team’s offer and Houston’s demands.

It’s unclear whether that gap will be closed before the season ends and the Chiefs have to decide whether to use the franchise tag.  If they don’t work out new deals with Houston and Alex Smith, they’ll have to choose between them.  Maybe the Chiefs will choose neither.

The team’s ultimate position on Houston will depend on the development of rookie Dee Ford.  Currently, Ford is listed as the second-string right outside linebacker, behind Tamba Hali.

38 responses to ““Huge” gap exists between Chiefs, Justin Houston

  1. he wants to get paid like the best OLB in the league. he’s already done enough to be in the discussion, but another year of proving it definitely won’t hurt his case.

  2. Good. They were coming back down to earth anyway. He just needs to hold out and expedite their fall. Everyone has figured out their smoke and mirrors offense (screen to Charles, boring)

  3. I thought the Chief’s game plan was for Dwayne Bowe to jog down field and then Alex Smith scrambles for two and a half yards and goes out of bounds?

  4. The only connection between Dee Ford’s development and Houston is whether or not Ford will play well enough to make Hali expendable and in turn freeing up Hali’s money to give to Houston. If you think this team isn’t holding onto Houston and Ford, you clearly don’t know what you’re talking about.

  5. I really don’t understand why PFT insists on perpetuating this nonsense about Dee Ford replacing Justin Houston. Dee Ford would have to play defensive rookie of the year caliber football in order to be used as leverage in negotiations with Houston. At this point, no one knows what he can do so to suggest that the team’s strategy is crossing their fingers and rolling the dice is ludicrous.

    Houston isn’t going anywhere and everybody knows it. The logical path for the Chiefs is to get an extension done with Alex Smith before dealing with Houston’s contract. Houston will either sign or he will get tagged.

  6. yes..because the oldest players are 31. most of the team is at their 2nd contract. of course this is what we are hearing about. this is why you let mediocrity walk out the door.

    and they can’t score without Jamaal? that offense sure was boring putting up 44 without Charles in the playoffs

  7. Houston is a terrific linebacker, no doubt, EXCEPT he is made of glass and can’t stay on the field. Maybe the chiefs need to remind Justin of that, so that Huge Gap can be narrowed a little bit.

  8. there’s no rush here. if ford shows real promise houston can be tagged or even let walk and hali can stay on. or houston can be tagged next year regardless of ford and hali can be cut. smith can’t be tagged, it’s too high a cap # for an alex smith-caliber qb. if carl peterson was running this i would be nervous, but john dorsey seems to be very astute. lets just play some ball!

  9. afcdomination says: Aug 5, 2014 7:06 PM

    yes..because the oldest players are 31. most of the team is at their 2nd contract. of course this is what we are hearing about. this is why you let mediocrity walk out the door.
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    Didn’t they let the mediocre Tony Gonzales walk out the door?

  10. raiderapologist says:
    Aug 5, 2014 7:43 PM
    afcdomination says: Aug 5, 2014 7:06 PM

    yes..because the oldest players are 31. most of the team is at their 2nd contract. of course this is what we are hearing about. this is why you let mediocrity walk out the door.
    ————-
    Didn’t they let the mediocre Tony Gonzales walk out the door?

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    No, they traded the best tight end in NFL history.

    In his last year in the league (last season) he was better than any faider scrub who has ever caught a pass in this league. His first ballot induction will prove that.

  11. sumkat says:
    Aug 5, 2014 8:36 PM
    @slick50ks

    Rice and Tim Brown both caught passes in the league for the Raiders, so…not really

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    Rice is a 9er, and lol @ Tim Brown.

  12. slick50ks says: Aug 5, 2014 7:52 PM

    raiderapologist says:
    Aug 5, 2014 7:43 PM
    afcdomination says: Aug 5, 2014 7:06 PM

    yes..because the oldest players are 31. most of the team is at their 2nd contract. of course this is what we are hearing about. this is why you let mediocrity walk out the door.
    ————-
    Didn’t they let the mediocre Tony Gonzales walk out the door?

    ——————————

    No, they traded the best tight end in NFL history.

    In his last year in the league (last season) he was better than any faider scrub who has ever caught a pass in this league. His first ballot induction will prove that.
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    Good point. Gonzalez had 859 yards last season. My best year was 857 yards. In 1978.

    -Dave Casper

  13. First, Florio says tht there is a “huge” gap between what he wants and what the Chiefs offered. Really? And he knows this because of some unnamed source? Then he figures that the team would have to choose one or the other, meaning Houston or Alex Smith. And then he goes further to say that maybe they get neither signed. Yeah, right. Dorsey will not go into the regular season with two of their top players swinging in the wind. These deals will get done. And soon. So if Florio has better information, let him bring it to light.

  14. The Chiefs traded Tony G out of respect. They only got a third out of him, but at the time, the Chiefs were rebuilding, and everyone knew it. They had no chance to make it to the SB and Atlanta did. It was a classy thing to do, but you can’t stop ignorance. No matter how classy a franchise is, their will always be someone who finds something negative out of something good, because that’s what they want to believe. Houston is going nowhere. Signed or tagged, barring serious injury, he’s a Chief for the next two years at least.

  15. raiderapologist says:

    Didn’t they let the mediocre Tony Gonzales walk out the door?
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    They sure did, and Jared Allen too.

  16. slick50ks says:
    Aug 5, 2014 7:52 PM

    No, they traded the best tight end in NFL history.

    In his last year in the league (last season) he [Gonzales] was better than any faider scrub who has ever caught a pass in this league. His first ballot induction will prove that.

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    Not saying that Gonzales wasn’t great, but your blind hatred of the Raiders makes you forget that Dave Casper & Fred Biletnikoff are both in the HOF. I wonder how a ‘scrub’ like Freddy B. made the Sporting News’ list of 100 Greatest Football players or why the award for best college WR is named after him?

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