Colts reach a deal with Justin Houston

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The Colts have saved their salary cap room, resisting the urge to splurge early on free agents.

But they may have found just what they needed by waiting.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Colts have agreed to a deal with former Chiefs pass-rusher Justin Houston. It’s a two-year, $24 million deal, for a team which had paced itself so far this offseason.

Houston had nine sacks in 12 games for the Chiefs last year, and has 78.5 in eight seasons. It’s a drop-off from the 22.0 he had in 2014 which led to a contract, but he’s still a steady disruptor for a defense which could use that.

36 responses to “Colts reach a deal with Justin Houston

  1. I am guessing 12 games and about 9 sack per season is the most that can be expected of him at this point. If the Colts paid him for more than that, they are dreaming.

  2. tylawspick6 says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    That is crazy for someone his age. Colts cooked now.

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    Do you ever say anything positive about any team or player not associated with the Patriots?

    If the Patriots would have signed Houston to the same deal you would be crowing about what a great signing this was.

  3. tylawspick6 says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    That is crazy for someone his age. Colts cooked now.

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    Not crazy at all, only a 2 year deal. Probably incentive based as well when the details come out and not a true “2 year, 24 million”.

  4. Colts are geniuses for signing no one in Free Agency!

    err..

    Colts are geniuses for signing people in Free Agency!

    So they’re getting the patriots treatment now? Every trade, move, cut, bowel movement is genius now?

  5. “in the AFC championship game vs Patriots I don’t remember him laying a hand on the GOAT”

    That’s because Peyton Manning is retired.

  6. Wish my Bears would have gotten him somehow. GM Ballard is making very nice moves!

    It’s probably a slight overpay, but you can live with that in free agency.

  7. Only a 2 yr deal and Colts had plenty of cap room. Good pickup in spite of what these NE posters think.

  8. They have to burn some of that cap space, yet have it available in two years when they will need to start retaining their core. Not that other posters have the mental capacity to recognize that.

  9. If he’s healthy and stays healthy, could be a good pickup for the Colts. That’s the problem, Houston has missed a ton of time over the years do to injury.

  10. tylawspick6 says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    That is crazy for someone his age. Colts cooked now.
    ==================================

    I had no idea that 30 was the new 80 apparently.

  11. Good pickup. If the Colts continue along the lines they did the last half of the season they will be scary good next year.

  12. 3xapple says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    “in the AFC championship game vs Patriots I don’t remember him laying a hand on the GOAT”

    That’s because Peyton Manning is retired.

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    Peyton Manning? He is not even the greatest QB in Colts history

  13. If his snaps get managed then this is a very good for the Colts because on a per snap basis, he was still one of the best at putting pressure on the QB. He is joining a Colts team with a nice mix of upcoming pass rushers and proven guys like Sheard so I am sure the coaching staff will put him in situations where he’ll strictly get after the QB. Lastly, I am not sure why NE fans are making negative comments, Houston is better than Michael Bennet and 3 years younger too. Also, the Patriots traded Chandler Jones for what turned out to be Cyrus Jones, the special teamer on Baltimore. Also I believe the Pats gave Adrian Clayborn 6mil/yr for 3 sacks last season. Not everything BB touches is gold

  14. redclaw1314 says:
    March 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    in the AFC championship game vs Patriots I don’t remember him laying a hand on the GOAT
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    thats because Trent Brown shut him down

  15. Any team he landed on was gonna be a great pickup for that team. As a chiefs fan I hated seeing him go, but that’s the lifecycle of an NFL player, they have to leave eventually. Gonna hate having to play him.

  16. Manning as the GOAT talk always kills me. Granted, he had a nice little (regular season) career and probably was in the conversation with TB12 for quite a while. It ended in the SB when Tracy Porter pick-sixed him for the Saints.

    After that, TB12 kept winning AFC titles (hasn’t lost one since) and has won multiple SBs while Peyton, well, didn’t do much at all except ride the Denver defense to a SB and…beat an HGH rap.

  17. Im not even a colts fan and i know Manning is better than TB, TB just had better teams around him.

  18. Reminder – Pats long proven history of cheating, including Brady. Sorry, no GOAT for QB or coach. Bummer for the fans I guess.

    Gotta deal with it.

  19. The Colts told Le’Veon Bell, they were not giving out any big money contracts. They just didn’t want Bell on their team.

  20. If they rotate him in with their current linebackers, our front seven just improved. Of course I expect some edge rushers in the draft, but we just gained an experienced, productive linebacker. Solid contract term limits, and he’s been a good teammate. This is a good free agency pickup and falls in line with ballards plans.

  21. March 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    in the AFC championship game vs Patriots I don’t remember him laying a hand on the GOAT
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    Because they were on the same team.

  22. If Justin Houston isn’t instructed to fall back into pass coverage of a tight end, running back or slot receiver 25% of the time during games, and just allowed to do what he excels at… 16 sack average, 80 tackles, a dozen of them behind the LOS is not out of the question.

    Dude is finally 100% healthy for first time since Ron Parker’s heel was swung into and crushed Houston’s knee in 2015.

    Excellent pickup for Chris Ballard, Houston will solidify whichever end of the line he sets up on.

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