26-Year-Old Linebacker – Kansas City Chiefs
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Houston dominated offensive lines in 2014, racking up a league-leading 22 sacks on the season, falling just short of Michael Strahanís 22.5-sack single-season record and doubling his previous career-h...
Justin Houston Contract Information:
Houston signed a six-year, $101 million deal with the Chiefs in July of 2015.
Houston picked up two sacks in Sunday's game against the Broncos.
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Justin Houston: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Houston skipped the Chiefs' early offseason workouts as he searched for a long-term deal with the club. The resulting contract is the largest for a linebacker in NFL history. If any linebacker's earned the contract, Houston is it. He followed up an 11-sack 2013 season by doubling his output in that category to 22 last season. Still early in his career, the fifth-year linebacker should provide the Chiefs with a strong pass-rushing presence for years to come.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Houston, who led the NFL with 22 sacks last season, remains in search of a long-term contract from the Chiefs; however, with no such deal in place, Houston has been absent from Kansas City's team activities this offseason. That figures to continue next week, when Houston is not anticipated to attend a mandatory minicamp for players under contract, which Houston technically is not. Houston's reluctance toward moving forward under the Chiefs' franchise tag has been abundantly clear, so unless a long-term extension is struck before the July 15 deadline, the highly productive linebacker figures to continue holding out.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Per the report, the franchise tender for linebackers in 2015 is expected to be in the $13 million range. Houston recorded a league-leading 22 sacks in 2014, falling a half-sack short of Michael Strahan's single-season record of 22.5. While Houston's franchise tag from the Chiefs is now is place, ESPN's Adam Teicher notes that the linebacker's situation remains fluid, given that Houston is not obliged to sign the tender. Ideally, the two sides will eventually agree on a long-term deal, and they have until July 15 to do so.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Coming off a season in which he recorded 44 tackles (41 solo), 11 sacks, four passes defended, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble in 11 contests, the two-time Pro Bowl outside linebacker enters the final year of his rookie contract, and on the IDP radar thanks to his ability to get to the quarterback.
Houston recorded 10 sacks last season and is expected to start at outside linebacker for the Chiefs in 2013.
Houston came on very strong late in his rookie year, notching 24 total tackles and 5.5 sacks in the team's final five games. He has tremendous burst coming around the edge as a pass-rushing outside linebacker and could be in line for a major breakout playing opposite Pro Bowler Tamba Hali. Opposing offenses will simply not be able to devote as much attention to him as Hali, and in leagues that reward heavily for sacks, Houston could emerge as a productive IDP option.
A sack specialist in college, Houston projects as a situational pass rusher in his rookie season, as he must adjust to his linebacker role in the 3-4 defense before he can play more downs without being a liability. His upside is high, but after a lockout-shortened offseason and a brief contract holdout, he is behind in his development and not likely to contribute much in 2011.