The Chiefs have freed up some cap space with the help of outside linebacker Justin Houston. Houston has agreed to turn $7.5MM of his $14.9MM base salary into a bonus, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The maneuvering will give KC an additional $6MM in cap space, money that was badly needed as the Chiefs were nearly at the max.
Houston signed a massive contract extension prior to the 2015 season, but he has been hampered by injuries since signing the six-year, $101MM deal. Unfortunately, the star linebacker is still sidelined and it is said that he will not be back until November at the earliest. One source tells Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com that Week 9 is the earliest Houston could return to the field, though the team will reevaluate him during its Week 5 bye.
In 2014, Houston led the league with 22 sacks and earned his first All-Pro nod. Houston ranked as Pro Football Focus’ No. 1 outside linebacker in ’13 and ’14 and KC is eager to have him back on the field in 2016.
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