Chiefs release Justin Houston

Chiefs release Justin Houston

With Justin Houston now on the market after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs, the National Football League free agency period has a marquee pass rusher for teams to fight over.

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) takes the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium.

The release of the veteran, who will be entering his ninth season in 2019, frees up $14 million in salary cap space. "He really helped set the tone, and I appreciate the work he put in with us". "These decisions are never easy".

The Patriots are on the verge of acquiring one of the best pass rushers on the market in Michael Bennett. But another Chiefs linebacker is reportedly on the move, however, as the team has chose to cut Justin Houston in a long-expected move.

The Chiefs originally selected Houston in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Houston was certainly a cap casualty candidate heading into the offseason, and it seems that the Chiefs deemed him replaceable, especially considering his price tag. That included a $15.25 million base salary, which the Chiefs now avoid paying.

In 12 games last season, Houston produced 9 sacks and 1 interception. "I have a great deal of respect for Justin as a player and person and I wish him and his family the best moving forward".

He parlayed that season into a $101 million, six-year deal in 2015 that was at the time a record for a defensive player.

Houston and Tamba Hali become one of the NFL's top pass-rushing tandems. "We appreciate his contributions to our team and community and he'll always be a part of the Chiefs family". Overall, in his eight seasons with the Chiefs, he racked up 78.5 sacks over 102 games. It's your ticket to everything sports in Kansas City. and beyond, and helps us produce sports coverage like this.