Chiefs cut Justin Houston, freeing $14M in cap space

Lynette Rowe
March 13, 2019

The release of the veteran, who will be entering his ninth season in 2019, frees up $14 million in salary cap space. This past season, he started 12 games.

"Justin has made a lasting impact on this franchise and I can't thank him enough for his contributions over the years", Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in a statement.

Harris, 27, will make about $1 million more than the original-round tender, which would have allowed other teams to sign him away from Denver for a seventh-round pick instead of a second-rounder. Additionally, the New York Jets have $90 million in cap space, and run a 3-4 defense, where Houston could team up with former Bulldog Jordan Jenkins at linebacker.

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Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said he has been fortunate to get to know Houston over the last six seasons. "I wish him the best as he continues his career".

He ranks fourth on the club's all-time sacks list with 78.5 - trailing only Derrick Thomas (126.5), Tamba Hali (89.5), and Neil Smith (85.5). But one National Football League insider seems to think that a top team could already be on the fast track to getting Houston's signature.

Nearly immediately after trading Khalil Mack before last season, Jon Gruden lamented how hard it is to find edge rushers. Houston, who turned 30 years old in January, missed 16 games over the 2015-16 seasons with a knee injury and hasn't played a full 16 game season since 2014. He has played eight seasons, and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. "And I appreciate the work he put in with us". He wound up starting 96 of the 102 games he appeared in over eight seasons, and his best season came in 2014, when Houston shattered the franchise record with 22 sacks and was voted a first-team All-Pro. It's your ticket to everything sports in Kansas City. and beyond, and helps us produce sports coverage like this.

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