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99 Justin Houston DE

Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
18%9%
Key Stats
GPTot TcklSacksIntTDsFF
12379.0105

Player Updates

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Colts' Justin Houston: Ready to play defensive end
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Colts' Justin Houston: Signing with Indianapolis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Justin Houston: Axed by Kansas City
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Chiefs' Justin Houston: Available for trade
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Chiefs have made Houston available for trade, Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star reports.

General manager Brett Veach said at the NFL 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 or not to cut him to save costs.

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Chiefs' Justin Houston: May be cut eventually
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Schedule
WeekDateOpp.TDSacksIntFF
19/9/18LAC0000
29/16/18PIT0000
39/23/18SF02.002
410/1/18DEN01.000
510/7/18JAC0000
610/14/18NE0000
710/21/18CIN0000
810/28/18DEN0000
911/4/18CLE0000
1011/11/18ARI0010
1111/19/18LAR01.001
1312/2/18OAK0000
1412/9/18BAL01.001
1512/13/18LAC01.500
1612/23/18SEA01.000
1712/30/18OAK01.501
WeekDateOpponentTime/Result
Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2011Kansas City Chiefs165646.0105.5000.0004
2012Kansas City Chiefs166653.0131013232.03206
2013Kansas City Chiefs114440.0411000.0004
2014Kansas City Chiefs166960.0922000.0005
2015Kansas City Chiefs113025.057.52168.01716
2016Kansas City Chiefs52120.014000.0001
2017Kansas City Chiefs155946.0139.5000.0005
2018Kansas City Chiefs123728.099144.0401
TOTAL102382318.06478.545213.032132
Fumbles
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2011Kansas City Chiefs1600101010
2012Kansas City Chiefs1600101410
2013Kansas City Chiefs1100102020
2014Kansas City Chiefs1600400000
2015Kansas City Chiefs1100100000
2016Kansas City Chiefs500100000
2017Kansas City Chiefs15000011311
2018Kansas City Chiefs1200503030
TOTAL1020014081781
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-3/258
Birthdate:
1/21/1989
Age:
30
Hometown:
Chico, CA, USA
School:
Georgia
NFL Experience:
9
Awards: