The full Justin Houston deal

AP

The Chiefs broke the bank this week for linebacker Justin Houston, rewarding the man who racked up 22 sacks with a six-year, $101 million deal.

So how does that much money get paid out through 2020? Here are the specifics, per a source with knowledge of the contract:

1. $20.5 million signing bonus ($8.5 million is deferred until April 1, 2016);

2. $1 million base salary for 2015, fully guaranteed;

3. $14.9 million base salary for 2016, $11 million of which is fully guaranteed at signing, and another $3.75 million becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster the third day of the 2016 league year;

4. $100,000 workout bonus for 2016;

5. $16.35 million base salary for 2017, $6.75 million of which becomes fully guaranteed if Houston is on the roster the third day of the 2016 league year and another $9.5 million of which becomes fully guaranteed if Houston is on the roster the third day of the 2017 league year;

6. $150,000 workout bonus for 2017;

7. $14.75 million non-guaranteed base salary for 2018;

8. $250,000 workout bonus for 2018;

9. $15.25 million non-guaranteed base salary for 2019;

10. $250,000 workout bonus for 2019;

11. $17 million non-guaranteed base salary for 2020;

12. $500,000 workout bonus for 2020.

The cap numbers are $5.1 million for 2015, $19.1 million for 2016, $20.6 million for 2017; $19.1 million for 2018; $19.6 million for 2019; and $17.5 million for 2020.

Houston has $32.5 million fully guaranteed at signing, and another $10.5 million becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2016 league year. The deal created more than $8 million in cap space for 2015, with cap numbers that will be reasonable in the out years — especially if the cap keeps going up by $10 million or more per year.

As noted earlier this week, the total value was an important term for Houston because, with only four NFL seasons, he should be able to cash every check of this contract, which based on the structure is essentially guaranteed for three seasons, and year-to-year thereafter.

25 responses to “The full Justin Houston deal

  1. Those last few years of non- guaranteed money gives them some flexibility in changing them to signing/ roster bonuses and what not. Not a terrible deal for either parties. On another note, why don’t more teams/ players defer their signing bonus money? I know people want their money now, but pushing it out a year or two or ten might help keep some coin in their pockets for the long term rather than spend that money on cars/houses/ etc. up front and have nothing later

  2. NFL contracts are pretty much useless and meaningless. This illustrates it perfectly. As soon as you get to “non-guaranteed” money, you might as well replace dollars with Doritos. It means just as much.

  3. 2015-2016 Kansas City Chiefs
    12-4
    Top 5 Offense
    Top 3 Defense
    Super Bowl Champions

    Andy Reid has assembled a dynasty team that will bust loose and wreak havoc onto the league beginning this year.
    The AFC West will once again belong to its rightful owner, and Manning will be pummeled into retirement.
    This team will win multiple titles over the next 8 years, and their will be no asterisks attached, no cheating attached, and no fraud attached, unlike another pathetic franchise.
    Kansas City Chiefs are the class of the league, with the best fans in the league.

  4. Iknowitall, I don’t know what makes you worse- if you’re the guy on here that’s a ‘Vikings’ and ‘Washington’ fan or if you’re copying the way they troll these boards. Get out of mama’s basement, there’s a big world out there

  5. This comment is specific to MR. Houston and his recent contract.

    Per the example set by NBC, MSNBC for sure, ABC, CBS, CNN, HuffPo, Media Matters, MoveOn.org, etc:
    Mr. Houston is now one of the evil “1%”.
    Raise his taxes! He’s not paying enough, he doesn’t “give back” enough! He’s not paying his “fair share” like the poor, poor, pitiful poor do (not).

    I just wanted to put this into context b/c suppose this article was about an NFL owner signing a naming rights, land deal, or some other contract that nets him $100 million.
    If that were the case then this article would about “how the rich get richer” blah blah blah. And how that money should be disbursed to the players b/c “the rich already have enough money” blah blah.

    I already see in this thread ppl saying how Houston “earned” his contract, NFL owners also EARNED their ability to buy a team. There would be NO NFL if it weren’t for people willing to take a risk on starting a team, let’s not forget that.

  6. MLB and NBA = no long term health effects and low risk of serious bodily damage = fully guaranteed contracts

    NFL = long term health risks, brain trauma, high risk of serious bodily injury = partially guaranteed contacts

    I don’t know how the NFL owners do it but they just continue to take these players to the cleaners in terms of the CBA.

  7. Iknowitall, give me a break. I’m a die hard life long Chiefs fan and you sound crazy. Alex Smith can’t get the ball more then 8 yards down field. While he may wins more games then he losses he won’t beat any of the best teams. If you can’t beat the best of the best there will be no titles.

  8. Iknowitall says:
    Jul 18, 2015 9:25 AM
    2015-2016 Kansas City Chiefs
    12-4
    Top 5 Offense
    Top 3 Defense
    Super Bowl Champions

    Andy Reid has assembled a dynasty team that will bust loose and wreak havoc onto the league beginning this year.
    The AFC West will once again belong to its rightful owner, and Manning will be pummeled into retirement.
    This team will win multiple titles over the next 8 years, and their will be no asterisks attached, no cheating attached, and no fraud attached, unlike another pathetic franchise.
    Kansas City Chiefs are the class of the league, with the best fans in the league.

    ————————————————————–

    Wake up! Its time for school.

  9. fballfan16 says:
    Jul 18, 2015 10:18 AM
    Iknowitall, give me a break. I’m a die hard life long Chiefs fan and you sound crazy. Alex Smith can’t get the ball more then 8 yards down field. While he may wins more games then he losses he won’t beat any of the best teams. If you can’t beat the best of the best there will be no titles.
    ———————————
    “Iknowitall” needs to shut his trap. But you are not a die hard Chiefs fan if you really think that about smith. He’s the one who was responsible for almost all the yardage in that playoff game against the Colts in 2013. He’s a winner. Plain and simple. And if he’s afforded the opportunity and the protection, with receivers that don’t drop the ball, he’ll complete many passes well over 8 yards, and be a true franchise QB.

  10. fballfan16 says:
    Jul 18, 2015 10:18 AM

    Iknowitall, give me a break. I’m a die hard life long Chiefs fan and you sound crazy. Alex Smith can’t get the ball more then 8 yards down field. While he may wins more games then he losses he won’t beat any of the best teams. If you can’t beat the best of the best there will be no titles.

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    You are no “die hard life long fan”. A true Chiefs fan doesn’t write stuff like that. You sound like all the other haters out there who have no clue that make comments like “Smith cant throw more than 8 yards”.

    BTW, the Chiefs beat BOTH the Patriots and the Seahawks last year, ya know, the 2 teams that played in the Super Bowl.
    So I guess they CAN beat the best of the best.

    #CluelessHatersNeedKnowledge.

  11. I have been a life long Chiefs die hard fan. But this is really insanity to pay him this kind of money. Now watch him have an off year with 12 sacks.

  12. I heard he is the 4th defensive player to get a deal making over 50 Mil. guarantied.

  13. That’s 52.75 mil (or 17.58 per) over the first 3 years. When you think about it it’s not JJ Watt money buy market reasonable with the cap going up about 10 mil a year now.

    They’ll have to re-structure in 2018 to keep him, but if they decide to cut bait nothings guaranteed at that point.

    A good deal for both sides. You don’t let elite pass-rushers slip through your fingers.

  14. The cap numbers are $5.1 million for 2015, $19.1 million for 2016, $20.6 million for 2017; $19.1 million for 2018; $19.6 million for 2019; and $17.5 million for 2020.
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    Only a 5.1 million cap hit this year, but look at next year, 19.1 million. WOW.

    Between him and Alice, there’s not much left for everybody else.

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