Chiefs Signs Justin Houston To $101 Million Deal
The Kansas City Chiefs made linebacker Justin Houston the second highest paid defensive player in the NFL this week, after inking him to a $101 million deal.
According to ESPN, the contract is for six years and includes $52.5 million guaranteed. It's the richest contract in Chiefs history and the richest for a linebacker in NFL history.
The Chiefs announced the signing Wednesday (July 15), but did not disclose the terms.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@KCChiefs) July 15, 2015
Miami Dolphins tackle Ndamukong Suh ranks first, as the highest paid defensive player in the league, after signing a six-year, $114 million contract that includes $59.95 million guaranteed earlier this offseason.
"They told me at the end of the season to be patient and we'll get a deal done, just be patient and just wait, and time will take care of it," Houston said. "That's what I did. I sat back and waited for them."
The 26-year-old led the NFL in sacks last season with 22, and was a half-sack short of the single-season record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in 2001.