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Justin Houston released by Kansas City Chiefs

13 March 2019

The Chiefs have announced the release of veteran outside linebacker Justin Houston. Overall, in his eight seasons with the Chiefs, he racked up 78.5 sacks over 102 games. But Houston has been slowed by injuries the past four seasons, and has been unable to replicate the 22-sack season that helped him land the contract.

The Chiefs had tried to trade Houston, but no team was willing to pick up the $15.25 million base salary he was due this season, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

According to Over the Cap, the move frees up $14 million in salary cap space for the Chiefs, who won a third straight AFC West title and reached the AFC Championship Game last season. Could Kansas City sackmaster Justin Houston soon join him? "Our deal is to obviously acquire and maintain as many great players as you can".

With NFL teams so desperate for pass rushers, Houston should not have much trouble finding a new home very soon.

The Philadelphia Eagles are need of a pass rusher, and if the price is right, the Birds have a chance to land one of the best edge rushers in all of football.

Clark Hunt: "Over the last eight seasons we've had the ability to watch Justin grow into a leader on and off the playing field. We appreciate his contributions to our team and community and he'll always be a part of the Chiefs family". "I wish him the best as he continues his career". "And I appreciate the work he put in with us". 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 should have no shortage of suitors after seasons of 9 1/2 sacks two years ago and nine more last season, provided he can convince a club he can remain healthy.

The Chiefs paid Dee Ford, but they're letting their original pass-rushing monster hit the open market.

Justin Houston released by Kansas City Chiefs