Justin Houston finds new home with Carolina Panthers

The former Chiefs pass rusher has put up plenty of production after leaving Kansas City.

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Former Kansas City Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston has found a new home with the Carolina Panthers in free agency, according to NFL reporter Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Houston, who will be entering his 13th season in the National Football League, originally played for the Chiefs after the team selected him in the third round of out of Georgia back in the 2011 NFL Draft.

The former Chiefs pass rusher has put up plenty of production after leaving Kansas City.

The Chiefs gained instant production from Houston as a pass rushing pillar opposite Tamba Hali on a defense that also featured franchise legends like Eric Berry and Derrick Johnson. Houston would go on to make his first Pro Bowl in 2012, his second season in the league, in his first of four consecutive appearances.

Houston's tenure with the Chiefs was highlighted by a 22-sack season in 2014 after which he signed a lucrative new contract, but unfortunately injuries got in the way in the next two years in K.C. After the '18 season, the Chiefs decided to cut Houston loose.

Since then, Houston has put up an impressive 33 more career sacks outside of Kansas CIty even as he's advanced into his mid-thirties. He spent two seasons in Indianapolis with the Colts before joining the Baltimore Ravens for the last two years. Now the Panthers become his fourth NFL franchise.

In Carolina, Houston will join a pass rush that includes Brian Burns, Yetur Gross-Matos, and this year's third-round pick D.J. Johnson.

Houston was one of a handful of impressive veteran pass rushers still available on the free agent market, but most should be expected to find homes as the season approaches. Houston's own deal comes on the heels of Yannick Ngakoue also signing with the Chicago Bears over the weekend.