The Kansas City Chiefs have signed All-Pro outside linebacker Justin Houston to a six-year deal worth $101 million with an eye-popping $52.5 million in guarantees, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. This is a massive contract. In fact, it is the largest contract in NFL history for a linebacker, and it eclipses J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans in overall value by $1 million. Watt also came in at $51.87 million guaranteed.
This is a tremendous weight off the shoulders of Houston, general manager John Dorsey, head coach Andy Reid, and all the fans of Kansas City. The Chiefs have locked up the best linebacker in the NFL throughout his prime while showing the rest of the league – and his teammates – that Kansas City means business and is willing to sign its own players.
Houston now has financial security for the rest of his life, and will certainly be showing up to training camp. The 26-year-old is coming off a historic season in which he racked up a single-season franchise record of 22 sacks, including four in the last contest against Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers. The mark was only a half-sack shy of tying the NFL record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants.
Throughout his four-year career with the Chiefs, Houston has been nothing short of brilliant. A third-round pick out of the University of Georgia in 2011, Houston amassed 5.5 sacks as a rookie before notching 10 in 2012. The following season, Houston played in just 11 games due to an elbow injury but totaled 11 on the way to the playoffs. Last year was his crowning moment to this point, with hopefully much more to come.
For now, celebrate! And keep it here all day as we will have reaction.