Report: Chiefs releasing Justin Houston

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The Chiefs are releasing linebacker Justin Houston, Matt Verderame of FanSided reports.

The move is not a surprise as a report last week said the Chiefs would try to trade Houston, with the linebacker’s days in Kansas City numbered one way or the other.

Houston is scheduled to make $15.25 million in base salary this season. A pre-June 1 cut would result in a $7.1 million cap charge.

Houston, 30, was a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 2011. He has 78.5 career sacks and 14 forced fumbles, earning four Pro Bowl berths and one All-Pro honor.

He has not made the Pro Bowl since 2015 and hasn’t had double-digit sacks since a league-best 22 in 2014.

Houston made nine sacks and forced five fumbles in 12 games last season.

69 responses to “Report: Chiefs releasing Justin Houston

  1. With John Dorsey, the Browns have to be the odds-on favorite here. Houston would be a perfect complement to Myles Garrett, and would be spelled by Ogbah, who has been consistent albeit unspectacular.

    I’m thinking a couple year deal with most, if not all of the guarantees in year one.

  2. Clearing up cap space for Mahomes’ mega contract. Having a great QB is almost a curse because you have to pay him but can’t afford to put pieces around him to win it all. The Patriots are the rare exception.

  3. Another example of someone getting paid and disappearing. He didn’t see this coming that’s for sure. He’s not worth anything near 22million and the 14in savings is absolutely justifiable

  4. RogerThat! says:
    March 4, 2019 at 4:57 pm
    I have an idea, let’s keep Dee Ford, the guy that cost us a trip to the Super Bowl and dump Houston.

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    You should watch more football. A lot of things cost you a trip to the Superbowl. Dee Ford was only one. Andy Reid was about 5 of those things. If Mahomes hadn’t played out of his mind, you wouldn’t have even gotten close.

  5. As much as I want Minnesota to keep Anthony Barr, the numbers say they can’t afford him. I have a feeling this is to make room for the Chiefs to go after him.

  6. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Patriots picked him up. He hasn’t made pro-bowl since the 2015 season. They’ll definitely revive his career. After all, NE seems to take a liking for Georgia Bulldogs players.

  7. Wow, what a cruel business the NFL has become.
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    Not really. When you sign a fat contract and then sit on your butt then this is what happens to you. Kudos to the Chiefs for cutting bait now instead of waiting for this entitled bum to be another contract year to perform.

  8. He was the best edge rusher in football until he got hurt. He’s still good, but not worth that contract, and refused to restructure. Guess he doesn’t want any rings.

  9. Houston still has a little bit left but his production going forward was not going to justify his big contract number. Ever since he signed the big deal, he hasn’t been nearly as good and he has been hurt. With Mahomes, Tyreek, and Jones needing deals, it was the logical choice for the Chiefs to either restructure or cut Houston. Eric Berry will be cut next offseason. The older less productive players have to make way for the young productive players. Best of luck to Houston. No ill wishes from this Chiefs fan. Hopefully he lands on a good team.

  10. I love the Pats fans who say he’s a bum but….if he goes to NE he magically turns into Lawrence Taylor. How’d that Junior Seau thing work out?

  11. slick50kc says:

    March 4, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    He was the best edge rusher in football until he got hurt. He’s still good, but not worth that contract, and refused to restructure. Guess he doesn’t want any rings.
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    And there’s a guarantee he’d get 1 in kc? Whens the last time they were in a superbowl? There’s a lot of places he can go that he’s just as likely to get a ring. Outside the playoff teams from last year you’ve got teams like Atlanta, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, Vikings who aren’t that far removed from being a contender. New England is the only team close to being able to guarantee championships. Also I like watching Mahomes but the likelihood he(or anyone) has another historic season like that is slim to none. The run game will drop too depending on what they do in the off-season. Williams and Ware could get a team by for a few weeks but their no Hunt and the defense which was already poor is undergoing a scheme change, could lose Nelson and arguably their best defensive player, Dee Ford, may have a tough time holding up as an undersized end in a 4-3 over a season.

  12. Anybody who think Mahomes play was a fluke. You are CRAZY! The kid is legit. If he stays healthy, the sky is the limit. I love me some Justin Houston but he was going to make too much money. Good luck, Justin.

  13. 1 yr prove it deal down in Tampa? He could help us get this 3-4 Defense going at the right price

  14. grant35 says:
    March 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    I love the Pats fans who say he’s a bum but….if he goes to NE he magically turns into Lawrence Taylor. How’d that Junior Seau thing work out?
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    Seau was a terrific role player for the Patriots, twice coming out of retirement when the LB corps was depleted. All it took was a phone call from Coach Belichick and he was on a plane that afternoon with his playbook.

  15. The thing I don’t understand is why agents let their clients sign these back-loaded contracts that are essentially worthless, beyond the guarantees. They have to understand at this point that nearly all players will not see a dime in years 4 or 5, and by that time, if the player is still playing at a high level, they’ll be underpaid compared to the market. Cousins’ agent seems to be the only one actually earning their pay. I think that will be the way things are done in the future, after the next CBA negotiation.

  16. slick50kc says:
    He was the best edge rusher in football until he got hurt. He’s still good, but not worth that contract, and refused to restructure. Guess he doesn’t want any rings.
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    Or maybe he does…
    Twenty years as a head coach, Reid made the playoffs 14 times, but no rings.If KC does manage to win a Superbowl, it’ll likely be despite Reid, not because of him.

  17. If you want to be part of a winning culture and get a ring, and are willing to make sacrifices for the team to get one, you know who call.

  18. Houston’s name was once synonymous with KC defense. And now they release him.

    How appropriate.

  19. grant35 says:
    March 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    I love the Pats fans who say he’s a bum but….if he goes to NE he magically turns into Lawrence Taylor. How’d that Junior Seau thing work out?
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    I’m not gonna sit here and say there aren’t bozo Pats fans but literally ONE Pats fan made a comment on him being overpriced, that’s it. And also it’s true, even KC front office thinks so hence the article. And then you have the closet jets fan who posts as a Pats fan saying he should sign with NE.

    no one compares an aging veteran who signs on with NE a ‘Lawrence Taylor’ like signing….like ever, but Junior Seau isn’t a great example for your point. He played a couple good seasons for NE before retiring, exactly what you’d expect or hope for from a veteran close to retirement. There are many other examples of NE signing veterans that didn’t go as well as the Seau signing though….like All teams. This just in, BB and the Pats miss on player evaluations and draft picks too….they just happen to hit on more than most teams as well.

  20. Dallas could give the Chiefs a two for one. They can have Irving and Gregory and Dallas gets Houston. That is a screaming deal!!! (*sarcasm*)

  21. Thank you Justin Houston. Wish we could’ve restructured. You may not have been worth that price tag but you’re still most certainly one hell of a player. Good luck. Please don’t stay in the AFC West or go to Houston or Pittsburgh so I can still root for you.

    I still don’t hate the Pats the level I hate the Steelers and I was afraid of Houston in the playoffs for some reason. Once they get a new offensive line (and ideally head coach for their sake they will be alot scarier.

  22. Anybody who think Mahomes play was a fluke. You are CRAZY! The kid is legit. If he stays healthy, the sky is the limit. I love me some Justin Houston but he was going to make too much money. Good luck, Justin.

  23. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:

    March 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Clearing up cap space for Mahomes’ mega contract. Having a great QB is almost a curse because you have to pay him but can’t afford to put pieces around him to win it all. The Patriots are the rare exception.

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    Mahomes isn’t an unrestricted free agent until 2022 so its unlikely the Chiefs will be giving away his cheaper contract years this early on.

    And I thought, as you’ve repeatedly said, Brady was equivalent to a high school QB?

  24. To bad they can’t cut Berry with his $16.5 contract but at $14.95 dead cap. The Chiefs have little cap room, a really bad defense and are paying maybe a 4th receiver (Watkins) all-pro money at $20 million. They need more weapons, specifically receivers, if the are going to beat the Patriots (or a better coach) and overall defense talent. It looks like Mahomes will be somewhere around $40 million a year and mostly guaranteed and Hill will command somewhere around $22 million next year so that will be a lot of good players being cut to make cap space.

  25. grant35 says:
    March 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    I love the Pats fans who say he’s a bum but….if he goes to NE he magically turns into Lawrence Taylor. How’d that Junior Seau thing work out?
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    Everything has worked out perfectly!
    The Patriots have owned the NFL for 20 years. . . What kind of a moron would question any move that they have made?

  26. I hope the Packers swing a deal for Trey Flowers. Houston is on the decline. Flowers is in his prime at 25.

    I would not rule out the Pack making a trade for Dee Ford either. Mike Smith the Packers OLB coach was in KC last year and got good results out of Ford. I do believe Ford also fits much better in the Packers 3-4 defense than in KC’s new 4-3.

    The Chiefs also have publicly said they are open to trading Ford. To me, that means they will trade him for a decent return.

  27. davedsone says:
    March 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    You should watch more football. A lot of things cost you a trip to the Superbowl. Dee Ford was only one. Andy Reid was about 5 of those things. If Mahomes hadn’t played out of his mind, you wouldn’t have even gotten close.

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    What a condescending post from someone who, apparently, needs to “watch more football” himself.

    How did Mahomes “play out of his mind”? If anything, it was one of his worst games of the season, especially considering the Chiefs offense scored ZERO points in the first half, which is the first time that happened all season. The Chiefs averaged 35.3 Points Per Game yet only scored 31 in the AFC Championship Game.

    There is ZERO evidence that Mahomes played “Out of his mind”.

    2018 was Reid’s best coaching effort in KC, bar none. He overcame the 31st ranked defense and coached the Chiefs to a tie in regulation in the AFC Championship Game, ultimately losing because said defense couldn’t stop Tom Brady and the NE offense.

    How many times have Brady and Belichick been to the Super Bowl with the #1 scoring Offense and the 31st ranked Defense?

  28. Still not seeing anything about him actually being released. Who is this Verdemame that reported anyway?If he goes anywhere he wants I bet its back home to Georgia and playing for the Falcons. Isnt Scott Pioli an assistant GM there?

  29. grant35 says:
    March 4, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    I love the Pats fans who say he’s a bum but….if he goes to NE he magically turns into Lawrence Taylor. How’d that Junior Seau thing work out?
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    Let’s see. In 2006 he played pretty damn good until he broke his arm in Week 11 and missed the rest of the year. In 2007 he returned and played pretty well on a team that went 18-1 and only lost the Super Bowl due to some heroic catch by David Tyree. He also made a crucial stop in that AFCCG to prevent a touchdown against the Chargers.

    So yeah, I’d say it worked out pretty good for the Patriots.

  30. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    March 4, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    Clearing up cap space for Mahomes’ mega contract. Having a great QB is almost a curse because you have to pay him but can’t afford to put pieces around him to win it all. The Patriots are the rare exception.

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    I think its actually a contract for Hill they currently need to clear up space for. They have a couple years on Mahomes.

  31. Mitch Kumstein says:
    March 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm
    davedsone says:
    March 4, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    You should watch more football. A lot of things cost you a trip to the Superbowl. Dee Ford was only one. Andy Reid was about 5 of those things. If Mahomes hadn’t played out of his mind, you wouldn’t have even gotten close.

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    What a condescending post from someone who, apparently, needs to “watch more football” himself.

    How did Mahomes “play out of his mind”? If anything, it was one of his worst games of the season, especially considering the Chiefs offense scored ZERO points in the first half, which is the first time that happened all season. The Chiefs averaged 35.3 Points Per Game yet only scored 31 in the AFC Championship Game.

    There is ZERO evidence that Mahomes played “Out of his mind”.

    2018 was Reid’s best coaching effort in KC, bar none. He overcame the 31st ranked defense and coached the Chiefs to a tie in regulation in the AFC Championship Game, ultimately losing because said defense couldn’t stop Tom Brady and the NE offense.

    How many times have Brady and Belichick been to the Super Bowl with the #1 scoring Offense and the 31st ranked Defense?

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    I think he meant that Mahomes played out of his mind in his full season effort and he sure did. And there is absolutely good argument that had Mahomes not been so amazing all year the Chiefs wouldn’t even have gotten close to a Superbowl, possibly not made the playoffs and certainly not been in the AFCCG.

    As far as the Patriots not getting to the SB with a 31st ranked defense I think last year they might have. That defense they took against the Eagles was pathetic and had really been letting the team down a lot even before they got to the SB even if the offense had somehow still gotten wins out of those games.

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