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Chiefs GM John Dorsey Gives Update on LB Justin Houston

Chiefs general manager John Dorsey spoke on Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis

One of the biggest offseason storylines for the Kansas City Chiefs has been the status of the NFL's reigning sack leader Justin Houston, who is scheduled to become a free agent when the NFL's new league year begins on March 10.

After finishing the 2014 season with an NFL-best 22 sacks, Houston, who broke the Chiefs' franchise record for sacks in a season (Derrick Thomas – 20 – 1990), finished out his rookie contract after being selected in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Georgia.

While Chiefs general manager John Dorsey has all but said that Houston will be staying in Kansas City next year, whether by way of the franchise tag or otherwise, he provided an update on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that talks between the Chiefs and Houston's camp are ongoing.

"His representative is in town and I've had ongoing discussions with his representative," Dorsey said.

While much of the talk surrounding the combine deals with the 300-plus players auditioning for NFL teams, the gathering of coaches, personnel and front office staffs, as well as the players' agents, makes for a ripe environment for NFL business to get done.

"That's the great thing about having some of the agents here in this venue," Dorsey explained. "It gives you a chance to have discussions with their representatives."

When asked specifically about other guys who are set to become free agents, such as safety Ron Parker and center Rodney Hudson, Dorsey was quick to dismiss speaking publicly about the business of football through the media.

"You've known me for a couple years now and I really don't like talking about the business of football in this venue," he said. "I will say this, I love those guys. I'm proud of those guys. I'm proud of what they bring into that locker room."

The deadline for NFL teams to apply the franchise tag is March 2 (3:00 p.m. CST), and the new league year begins on March 10.

For a complete list of important offseason dates and deadlines, check out this calendar.

Current Chiefs at the NFL combine throughout the years.

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