The Kansas City Chiefs are making some much needed adjustments to their defense with the release of CB Darrelle Revis and a clause in the contract of linebacker Derrick Johnson that will allow him to leave for another team this off-season.
Per sources, linebacker Justin Houston will not be one of the wholesale changes to the team’s defense, though he has a base salary of $14.75 million and a cap number of $20.6 million for the 2018 season.
Houston would have carried $12.7 million in dead money if he were traded or released.
Since his 22-sack season in 2014, he has only compiled 21 within the last three seasons. Part of that could be due to the style of defensive play-calling, which put the pass rusher in pass coverage. The team’s efforts to support a pass-rush across from Houston have been lackluster, to say the least, with an under-performing Dee Ford and aging Tamba Hali.
Should Houston be released, he would instantly be one of the biggest free agent options at his position this off-season.