Houston will play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme under Colts defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, Joel Erickson and Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.
Houston has spent his entire career playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense for Kansas City, piling up 78.5 sacks in 102 games despite handling some coverage responsibilities. He said his job should be easier in a scheme that allows him to attack the quarterback on every pass play, and he already has plenty of experience lining up with his hand on the ground in nickel and dime packages. Coming off a 2018 campaign with nine sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 regular-season games (719 snaps), the 30-year-old pass rusher should provide a massive upgrade for the Indianapolis front seven, likely serving as the starter at right defensive end. Houston is signing a two-year, $24 million contract.
Houston agreed to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Colts on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Colts haven't made many high-profile free-agent splashes under GM Chris Ballard, but it appears they've reeled in a quality piece to their pass-rush rotation. The 30-year-old Houston has racked up 78.5 sacks in only 102 career games -- including nine sacks in 12 contests last season -- and should team up with 2018 first-team All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard to form one of the more imposing edge tandems league-wide in Indianapolis.
The Chiefs released Houston on Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
A third-round selection of the Chiefs in 2011, Houston exceeded expectations and then some, exploding for 43 sacks from 2012 through 2014 and posting at least 7.5 sacks in six of eight campaigns. The 6-foot-3, 258-pounder also impacted the game beyond his prowess as a pass rusher. In 102 regular-season contests, he tacked on 14 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, four interceptions (on 32 passes defended) and two defensive touchdowns. With his pick of the litter among NFL organizations, Houston should bolster whatever defense he joins as a free agent.
The Chiefs have made Houston available for trade, Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star reports.
General manager Brett Veach said at the combine "there's a lot of dialogue" in the trade conversations for Houston. The news isn't overly surprising, as the veteran defensive end is due $15.25 million and will count $21.1 million against the salary cap in 2019. Those salary figures -- and his refusal to restructure -- make a trade difficult, so the team may have to decide whether to cut him to save costs.
The Chiefs can save $14 million in 2019 cap space by cutting Houston this offseason, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
The 30-year-old pass rusher signed a six-year, $101 million contract in July 2015 when he was coming off a 22-sack campaign, but he's played just 43 games (with 30 sacks) in four subsequent seasons. He did have nine sacks and five forced fumbles in just 12 games this past year, perhaps making a case to get in one more season under the massive contract. There's still a decent chance the Chiefs approach him about a pay cut, especially with fellow outside linebacker Dee Ford -- who had 13 sacks and seven forced fumbles in 2018 -- headed for a sizable contract of his own.
Houston logged nine sacks and 37 tackles (28 solo) over 12 games during the 2018 season.
Houston hit a groove late in the season, notching five sacks and 19 (13 solo) of his 37 tackles over the final four weeks. He will be relied upon as a pass-rushing presence during the Chiefs' playoff run opposite Dee Ford and is scheduled to make $21.1 million next season. With only $7.1 million guaranteed, the Chiefs have the option of letting the veteran walk or attempting to restructure his contract, but it seems likely Houston will remain in Kansas City for at least one more season.
Houston recorded three tackles (all solo) and one sack during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.
Houston has posted a sack in three straight games. The veteran linebacker now has 7.5 sacks on the season, in addition to 32 tackles, four forced fumbles and an interception.
Houston had five tackles (two solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's loss to the Chargers.
Houston has been heavily active with 11 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the last two games, and he played all but seven defensive snaps Thursday. Week 16 brings a matchup with the run-heavy Seahawks on tap, one which Houston heads into with 6.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception for the season.
Houston recorded six tackles (four solo), 1.5 sacks and recovered his own forced fumble across 66 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Ravens.
Houston's strip-sack came in the final minute of regulation, giving the Chiefs any opportunity to win the game on the final play of the fourth quarter, which they ultimately failed to do. The veteran was giving the Ravens' offensive line trouble all day, contributing to a Dee Ford sack earlier in the contest. He'll look to bring the same presence against the Chargers on Thursday night.
Houston had four tackles (all solo), a sack and a forced fumble in Monday's 54-51 loss to the Rams.
Houston jarred the ball loose from Rams quarterback Jared Goff in the fourth quarter, and teammate Allen Bailey then returned the fumble for a touchdown, though it still wasn't enough to stem the explosion of offenses. Houston has shown he still has playmaking abilities -- he has four sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in seven games -- but his low tackle total of 16 makes him difficult to rely upon for IDP purposes.
Houston recorded one solo tackle, one pass defended and one interception during Sunday's 26-14 win over the Cardinals.
Houston was questionable entering Week 10 due to a hamstring injury, but managed to log a full workload and pick off rookie quarterback Josh Rosen. The veteran linebacker remains difficult to trust in IDP formats due to low tackle volume, despite playing a key starting role in Kansas City's defense.
Houston (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game versus the Cardinals, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Houston has missed the last four games, and he'll look to get back in the saddle against a struggling offense. The veteran linebacker made three sacks in his first five games, and he'll get a juicy matchup against Josh Rosen, who has been dropped 13 times in the last three games.
Houston (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Houston has been limited in practice all week, but he expects to suit up against the Cardinals on Sunday according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. The starting linebacker has missed four straight games due to a lingering hamstring issue, and his return would be a notable boost to the Chiefs' defense. If Houston is able to play Week 10, expect Tanoh Kpassagnon to return to a backup role.
Houston (hamstring) is expected to play against the Cardinals on Sunday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Houston was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, but he has reportedly progressed well enough in his recovery from a lingering hamstring injury to suit up Week 10. The starting linebacker has missed four consecutive games due to the hamstring issue, and his return would be a considerable boost to Kansas City's defense. If Houston is indeed able to go Sunday, expect Tanoh Kpassagnon to revert back to a reserve role.
Houston (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
Houston has missed four straight games due to a lingering hamstring injury, and his availability for Sunday's tilt against the Cardinals remains up in the air. The starting linebacker may need to log at least one full participation in practice before Kansas City clears him to return to the field. If Houston is unable to go Week 10, expect Tanoh Kpassagnon to receive an uptick in defensive snaps.
Houston (hamstring) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Browns, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Houston is set to miss a fourth consecutive game due to a hamstring issue, despite practicing in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday. Breeland Speaks is slated to fill Houston's role at outside linebacker, but the latter could return Week 10 against the Cardinals barring any setbacks.
Houston (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, is considered "very unlikely to play," a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Houston practiced in a limited fashion Thursday and Friday, but the Chiefs presumably want to see him put in a full session or two before signing off on his return to game action. With the stalwart pass rusher on tap for his fourth consecutive absence, Breeland Speaks will likely handle most of the snaps at outside linebacker opposite Dee Ford.
Houston (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Cleveland.
Houston has sat out the last three games with the hamstring issue, but his limited practice participation Thursday and Friday has him trending in the right direction. The 29-year-old is still likely to be a gameday decision given his recent absences, with Tanoh Kpassagnon ready to again start at outside linebacker should Houston be inactive.
Houston (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Houston has missed three straight games due to a lingering hamstring injury, but his limited participation in Thursday's practice is a step in the right direction. It remains to be seen whether Houston will suit up for Sunday's game against the Browns, and Tanoh Kpassagnon will start at outside linebacker if Houston is unable to go.
Houston (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Broncos, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
As expected, Houston will miss his third straight game. He sat out of practice twice this week, so he may not be that close to returning, either. In his place, Tanoh Kpassagnon will start at outside linebacker.
|2011||Kansas City Chiefs||16||56||46.0||10||5.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||16||66||53.0||13||10||1||32||32.0||32||0||6|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||11||44||40.0||4||11||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||69||60.0||9||22||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||11||30||25.0||5||7.5||2||16||8.0||17||1||6|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||5||21||20.0||1||4||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||59||46.0||13||9.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||5|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||12||37||28.0||9||9||1||4||4.0||4||0||1|
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|2012||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||1||0||1||4||1||0|
|2013||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0||1||0||2||0||2||0|
|2014||Kansas City Chiefs||16||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Kansas City Chiefs||11||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Kansas City Chiefs||5||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Kansas City Chiefs||15||0||0||0||0||1||13||1||1|
|2018||Kansas City Chiefs||12||0||0||5||0||3||0||3||0|