Former K.C. Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston is available on the open market now that the Indianapolis Colts have made it clear they are moving on in free agency. One of the first real displays of interest has now come from the Baltimore Ravens, who are reportedly going to bring him in for a visit.
CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora has word that the Ravens will bring in Houston next week to take a closer look at the veteran pass rusher in the hopes of bolstering their own ability to get after the opposing passer after losing names like Matthew Judon this offseason already.
The Chiefs set Houston free before the 2019 season and the Indianapolis Colts signed him to a two-year deal. Houston had 69 total tackles, including 21 of them for a loss, during his two year stint in Indy. He also added 19 sacks, proving to the naysayers that he had plenty left in the tank when the Chiefs released him.
Houston has been a popular name among some Chiefs fans as a potential player to bring back, a signing that could be a nice story given the reunion angle along with the fact that the Chiefs could use someone else rotating on the outside as an effective veteran opposite Frank Clark for the defensive line. The Chiefs currently have Mike Danna, Demone Harris, and Taco Charlton as edge rushers opposite Clark and it’s clear someone else will be there by the time the regular season begins.
The Baltimore Ravens will host Justin Houston for a FA visit next week.
The Chiefs have brought in Melvin Ingram for a free agent visit a few weeks back and it’s possible that a deal will still be struck there. It’s also true, however, that the team already added Jarran Reed in free agency to add further disruption along the defensive interior next to Chris Jones. The Chiefs have already lost Tanoh Kpassagnon to the New Orleans Saints and Alex Okafor also remains available in free agency.
Houston began his career as a third-round selection of the Chiefs back in the 2011 NFL Draft by then-GM Scott Pioli. He now has 97.5 sacks in his NFL career, including 78.5 with the Chiefs, which ranks No. 4 on the franchise’s all time career list behind Derrick Thomas, Tamba Hali, and Neil Smith.