This afternoon it was revealed by Adam Schefter that former Chiefs Outside Linebacker Justin Houston will be signing with the Indianapolis Colts.
After his release from the Chiefs last week, it was widely anticipated that the 8 year veteran would have a number of suitors, but after many teams made contact, it was in fact former Chiefs executive and now Colts GM Chris Ballard that secured Houston’s services for 2 years and $24 million. Considering the Chiefs were on the hook for $21 million this year alone, it must be said that the Chiefs made the correct decision based on market value.
That’s not to say that Houston couldn’t offer the Chiefs’ new defense a little spark, it’s just that no one really knew how exactly Houston would fit into Spagnuolo’s new scheme. Add in the fact that this offseason has been about saving money wherever possible in order to set the Chiefs up to pay their younger superstars, it was a tough but necessary decision by Brett Veach and company.
In his 8 seasons with the Chiefs Houston was responsible for 78.5 sacks, including 9 in just 12 games last year. It was Houston’s return to full fitness in the latter part of the 2018 season that gave the Chiefs’ pass rush a little extra, lifting the team to a league leading 52 sacks. Always the ultimate professional, Houston was a great servant for the Chiefs despite some grumbles regarding his lack of availability in the final years of his Chiefs career.
The overhaul of the Chiefs roster continues with Chris Conley, Mitch Morse, Dee Ford, Demetrius Harris, Steven Nelson and Jordan Devey all finding homes since free agency began. We’re yet to see where Eric Berry will land. His story will be one we will monitor closely over the coming weeks. If the market isn’t where Berry wants it to be, maybe we could see him resign for the Chiefs on the cheap. Or am I just dreaming?