With no progress being made between the Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston, Kansas City has opted to give some cash to another player on the team’s defense.
Defensive end Allen Bailey, a fourth-year player and first-year full-time starter, has signed a four-year deal with a base value of $25 million, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The deal includes a $10 million signing bonus and $4 million in injury-only guarantees that become full guarantees shortly after the start of the 2015 waiver period, the week after the next Super Bowl. Another $1 million is guaranteed for injury only.
Bailey has six sacks for his career, and four this year. The contract puts him among the highest paid defensive ends in a 3-4 defense. He trails players like J.J. Watt, Calais Campbell, and Darnell Dockett.