The Baltimore Ravens removed Justin Houston from the list of available free agents, which gives the Kansas City Chiefs even fewer options.
It was always a longshot that the Kansas City Chiefs would be interested in any sort of reunion with pass rusher Justin Houston, but now that possibility is off of the table officially after the veteran decided to re-sign a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens just weeks before training camp.
The Chiefs still have a significant need for veteran help at pass rusher, but the list of available players for which they can go shopping seems to get smaller with each passing week.
Whether there’s a bridge burned for the player or the franchise is unknown, but there has been zero rumor or buzz surrounding any potential re-signing of Houston by the Chiefs for years now—even as the team has signed various free agents to help bolster the position ever since releasing Houston in 2019. Since then, Houston has found a two-year home with the Indianapolis Colts and will now return to the Ravens for a second season.
As for the Chiefs, George Karlaftis and Frank Clark seem locked into starting spots, but both of those come with questions facing a rookie and an oft-injured veteran. Behind them are Michael Danna and then a host of unproven players from Joshua Kaindoh to Malik Herring to Austin Edwards.
For the Chiefs, there is still the possibility of grabbing another veteran and Carlos Dunlap is one name often linked with the team in free agent projections. That said, there’s been nothing in the way of official FA visits and the Chiefs might surprise fans by simply allowing competition to sort out the issues first before making a move.