The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs have lower Justin Houston, and these 5 groups ought to be prepared so as to add the veteran edge rusher.
The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs made their alternative amongst their incumbent edge rushers, franchise tagging Dee Ford whereas placing Justin Houston on the commerce block. Now, in keeping with FanSided’s Matt Verderame, the Chiefs have launched the four-time Professional Bowler.
Houston had 9 sacks final season, and 9.5 sacks in 2017. However he has missed 16 video games over the past three seasons, and a $21.1 million cap hit for a workforce needing the house left him to now not be a match for the Chiefs. As it’s they’ll take in $7.1 million in lifeless cash if he’s a pre-June 1 lower, however the $14 million in cleared house is loads priceless. Kansas Metropolis can be transitioning to a Four-Three defensive scheme, so Houston shouldn’t be an ideal match for that (and neither is Ford, for that matter).
Houston is 30 years outdated, and his finest years seem like behind him. However he’s nonetheless a helpful participant, as evidenced by when he was largely wholesome over the past two seasons. With the premium positioned on cross rushers, he could have no bother discovering a brand new dwelling.
These 5 groups ought to be on the entrance of the road to signal Houston when he hits the open market.
5. Oakland Raiders
Virtually instantly after buying and selling Khalil Mack earlier than final season, Jon Gruden lamented how arduous it’s to seek out edge rushers. It was no shock when Oakland completed dead-last within the league in sacks with 13, by a considerable margin with the subsequent two groups tallying 30 sacks.
The Raiders are attempting to get youthful and cheaper by way of many of the roster, so Houston doesn’t match that plan on its face. However on a brief deal, he could possibly be a priceless veteran and Oakland wants loads of cross rush assist no matter a participant’s age. If it comes down to have the ability to pay as much as get Houston, the Raiders have almost $73 million in cap house proper now (sixth-most within the league, by way of Over The Cap).