Dec 2, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates a tackle against the Carolina Panthers in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas City won the game 27-21. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Houston Not Expected To Attend Minicamp


Well there’s the answer to that question for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Justin Houston, who is holding out for a new contract, is not expected to show up for minicamp according a report from the Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor.

A source told The Star that Houston, who is likely seeking a new contract, is not expected to attend the Chiefs’ three-day mandatory minicamp, which starts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility.

Houston is one of three significant Chiefs player who will become a free agent after this season. Unlike Alex Smith and Rodney Hudson, Houston is holding out of practices until a new deal is worked out. This is, in part, because Houston likely has the most to lose in contract negotiations should he get hurt in practice.

The two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker has not made public what his contract demands are, but Paylor does cite the recent contract extensions for Richard Sherman and Maurkice Pouncey in his piece. Pouncey is the most interesting of the two because he missed 15 games last season due to injury but still earned a maximum five-year, $44 million deal. It would seem Houston’s demands would probably fall around the same area as Pouncey and Sherman’s (four-years, $57 million) extensions.

There is also a question of contract structure that comes into play for Houston. Kansas City has a shade under $10 million in cap space after the release of Brandon Flowers, and it is assumed most of that space will be used to ink Smith to a new deal. If Houston is looking to reap the benefits of a new contract now – he’s slated to make $1.4 million this season – then that could cause some issues.

For now, the issue isn’t too serious, but it does show some willingness of Houston’s part to pay a few fines in order to get the deal he wants. Paylor estimates Houston could lose up to $70,000 in fines for not showing up to minicamp. Fines increase to $30,000 per day missed of training camp should Houston continue his holdout into training camp.

In the meantime, Dee Ford will get some extra snaps with the first team defense, which is not a bad thing.

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  • Joshua Sanders

    Trade him!!!! If he is only looking to make 1.4mil this season I say trade him to a team who is willing to pay big for him! Get more draft picks! Let Ford take his place and find another stud in next years draft for when Tamba is let go. We seriously don’t need players who are so selfish they hold out on minicamps and what not. He’s not only hurting himself but he’s hurting the rest of the team. I say let him go!!

    • berttheclock

      NEVER!!!!!!!

    • Deadmeat

      he has earned a new contract.

    • tm1946

      Food for thought, great player but is there a point he is just to expensive for a team who has shown itself to have no idea of how to get to the playoffs regularly, much less win. Takes 53.

      • Deadmeat

        That is true. But look on the other side. Dorsey is paid to be as cheap as possible. Is the Chiefs offer insulting? If you was worth 50m+, would you play for 1.4m? Would you risk injury that could end your career and get nothing? Have to look at both side of the table to find the truth. They have to meet in the middle somewhere.
        Negotiating is so much fun.

    • Reggie Flenory

      And then once said stud you drafted becomes a top pass rusher snd wants more money and holds out of camp five years from now you trade him to right?????? That sounds crazy JH has earned a new contract and will get it dee ford has played in one game yet further more the path to a great defense is multiple pass rushers not fewer

  • Edmond Dantes

    Trade him? Joshua what are you smoking? Dee Ford may look good but the pads arent even on yet so starting him is a downgrade no question over Houston. You do realize signing Houston is cheaper now than if you do after the season? He will have a huge year no doubt because he is our best pass rusher period. Anyways I think I forgot my original thought no thanks to numbnuts over here. Go chiefs

  • berttheclock

    Both Vernon Davis and Andre Johnson have decided to pass on their respective camps. Does anyone out there really believe San Francisco and Houston will trade them? This is a business and should any player decide to forego camp, he knows how it will affect him financially in fines. But, if he really believes he deserves more money, this has absolutely nothing to do with bleeding the blood of the team. It has everything to do with trying to create leverage for being paid. The NFL is a massive entertainment business and players often have few chances to really reap the financial benefits and remember, one injury can end any career in a heartbeat.

    • mnelson52

      I’m sure the team also knows they could guarantee him 35 mil and he could still get hurt first practice also and still collect his money. I still think they should pay the man, but I disagree with holding out while still under contract. It’s not fair to the other players that are there because of their contract and want to build a winning chemistry.

  • Andy

    One, we will see how Dorsey handles ‘no shows’.
    Two, Houston won’t lose any fine money. I’m sure it will be dropped, or add to his new deal.
    Three, there has to be a three after a two.

  • Reggie Flenory

    PAY THE MAN AND LETS MOVE ON

  • e_racer

    The issue is not only the cap this year, but next year. The additional $7.5 M will help the Chiefs sign Houston. The Chiefs can extend Alex Smith’s contract too, but the key is keeping 2015 cap numbers manageable (which may be tough).

    The Chiefs know what they have in Justin Houston. His absence actually may help in that the Chiefs get more first team plays for Dee Ford. Also, Houston was injured in his last playoff game. His injuries were not serious, but the additional rest could do him good.

    I will get excited about this if Houston remains a hold out at the end of preseason. The chances of that happening are pretty low. This thing will get done, and we will all forget about it by September. I doubt the penalties will matter much to Houston after his deal is finalized.

  • Ted Woodward

    The man has a year to go on his contract that he ws so happy to get when he was a rookie, so fullfill your obligation and the team will take care of you. Act like a spoiled child no matter how good you are you can sit out the season