Chiefs Place Franchise Tag On LB Justin Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the club has placed the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston.

Justin Houston during the 2014 season.

"Justin is a talented player and a key contributor to our defense," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "Today was the deadline to designate a franchise player, and it was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Justin. We will continue to discuss long-term options with him and his agent. Our goal is to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We want to keep Justin in a Chiefs uniform for years to come."

Houston (6-3, 258)has played in 59 games (53 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2011-14). His career numbers include 248 tackles (216 solo), 48.5 sacks (-270.5 yards), 71 pressures and 19 passes defensed. He's added one interception, seven forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. In 2014, Houston recorded 22.0 sacks, just a half-sack shy of the NFL's all-time record. Houston originally entered the NFL as a third-round pick (70th overall) of the Chiefs in the 2011 NFL Draft. He played collegiately at Georgia and prepped at Statesboro High School in Statesboro, Georgia.

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