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Chiefs restructure Justin Houston’s contract

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Linebacker Justin Houston isn’t healthy enough to help the Chiefs on the field at the moment, but he is able to help them in the financial department.

Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that the team converted $6 million of Houston’s base salary into a bonus that boosts their cap space for this season north of $11 million. Houston’s cap hits for the next four seasons will go up by $1.5 million as a result of the move.

The Chiefs can use the cap space to bring in help during this season or they could roll it over into next year, when they may have a new contract with safety Eric Berry to fit under the cap. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe is also angling for a new contract and, unlike Berry, he could sign one before the end of the 2016 season.

Houston is on the physically unable to perform list after having ACL surgery during the offseason. A report over the weekend pegged November as the time the Chiefs are targeting for his return to action.

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5 Responses to “Chiefs restructure Justin Houston’s contract”
  1. RegisHawk says: Sep 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    This is the slippery slope that put Dallas in cap-hell with Romo…now they can’t afford to let him go for 2 years because they can’t take the dead-money hit.

  2. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2016 12:00 PM

    Too much money spent between Alice Smith and Houston, not enough left for everybody else.

  3. dmuehlhausen says: Sep 14, 2016 12:34 PM

    This should allow them to sign Poe, wouldn’t be surprised if they already have a basic deal in place.

    Then they can move some other money around or release other bad contracts to free enough to sign Berry.

  4. cliffordt says: Sep 14, 2016 2:59 PM

    Hey Joe, I think Alex’s hit is 14 million, a relative bargain

  5. slick50ks says: Sep 14, 2016 10:00 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:00 PM
    Too much money spent between Alice Smith and Houston, not enough left for everybody else.

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    Your team paid a center 10 mil per. An average center. We already have a better one on the roster at a fraction of the price. It’s how you can sign elite players like Houston.

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