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03/04/15 - OLB Justin Houston was tagged with the franchise player designation. Whether through that $13.195 tender offer or a long-term contract, Houston will be on the field in 2015. The Chiefs can't afford to lose their most talented defensive player, especially one who will be just 26.
03/02/15 - LB Justin Houston received the franchise tag from the Chiefs Monday. Houston will reportedly challenge the designation over his classification as a defensive end or outside linebacker. Defensive ends have a franchise one-year tender of $14.813 million, second only to quarterbacks. The tender for linebackers is $13.195.
Baltimore Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs filed a similar grievance but the two sides negotiated a middle ground before it reached arbitration. New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham filed a grievance last year, hoping to be recognized as a wide receiver because he spent more than 50 percent of the team's snaps in the slot. Graham was confirmed as a tight end but then agreed to a long-term contract.
The deadline for a long-term extension to be signed is July 15. Houston can choose not to sign the tender until this summer.
In his fourth season, Houston led the NFL in sacks with 22 in 2014. He finished one-half sack shy of Michael Strahan's league record. For his four-year career, Houston has registered 48.5 sacks.
The 26-year-old Houston had at least one sack in 13 of Kansas City's 16 games. His near-historic season earned him an invitation to a third straight Pro Bowl.
12/22/14 - OLB Justin Houston picked up sack No. 18 on the season against Pittsburgh and he again holds the NFL lead for quarterback sacks, sitting a half-sack ahead of J.J. Watt of the Texans. Houston's performance is the second best pass rushing performance in franchise history and he's two sacks from matching the record of 20 sacks set in 1990 by Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas.
12/08/14 - OLB Justin Houston continues to maintain his NFL lead in sacks. He picked up two more against Arizona and has 16. That's the second-best sack year in franchise history, topped only by Derrick Thomas' 20 sacks in 1990. The NFL record is 22.5 sacks, by former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan in 2001.
12/07/14 - LB Justin Houston, who entered Sunday's game leading the league with 14 sacks, added two more against the Cardinals. After one of them he pulled up his jersey to reveal an Eric Berry T-shirt that he wore in support of his sickened teammate. "Me wearing that number and putting it on my shirt, I'm playing with him on the field."