Chiefs LB Justin Houston Doesn't Need Sack Numbers to Impress from The Mothership
The majority of the football-watching world could tell you who
Justin Houstonis and what he's about on the football field.
He's about sacks. That's not really a secret.
When you lead the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014 and finish just a half of a sack shy of breaking the all-time record (Michael Strahan - 22.5 in 2001), that's a fair thing for people to know about you.
But to pigeonhole Houston, who ranked in the top four players among 3-4 outside linebackers in both pass coverage and run defense (according to Pro Football Focus), as just a pass rusher, is selling him short.
2015 NFL Scouting Combine: Schedule of Events, Top Prospects Attending and More from The Mothership
The NFL Scouting Combine will take place this week from Tuesday, February 17 to Monday, February 23 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The week serves as a job interview for some of the best college football prospects in the country.
How to Watch: Beginning February 18, NFL Network, NFL.com, NFL Now and NFL Mobile will broadcast live from Lucas Oil Stadium, providing an up-close look of the combine.
Arrival Dates by Position
Tuesday, February 17 - place kickers, special teams, offensive line, tight ends
Wednesday, February 18 - quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs
Thursday, February 19 - defensive line, linebackers
Friday, February 20 - defensive backs
KCChiefs.com Video: 2014 Top Plays: Justin Houston vs. the Pass
Chiefs, LB Justin Houston's representative to meet in coming days from Chiefs Digest
A sign of progress emerged Sunday morning between the Chiefs and outside linebacker Justin Houston, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.
The Chiefs and Houston's representatives will meet in Indianapolis in an attempt to work out a multiyear contract, a league source confirmed with ChiefsDigest.com. The meeting is expected to occur no later than Wednesday, according to the source.
NBC's ProFootballTalk.com was the first to report the news.
Chiefs, Houston to try again this week from ProFootballTalk
Per a league source, the Chiefs and Houston's agent, Joel Segal, will make another attempt early in the week at making progress on a long-term deal.
Chase Daniel thinks Chiefs will keep him, at $4.8 million from ProFootballTalk
The Chiefs would save $3.8 million in cap space if they cut Daniel and went with some combination of the other three quarterbacks on the roster - Aaron Murray,Terrelle Pryor and Tyler Bray - as the backups to Smith. But Daniel has played well enough in his limited opportunities that the Chiefs seem to be content to stick with him, even if he's pricey by backup standards.
Tampering? Not exactly (or even close).
But as Maclin inches closer to being a free agent, it is almost a near certainty that the Chiefs will be knocking down his door once they are allowed to.
The Chiefs didn't have a single wide receiver catch a touchdown last season, while Maclin finished last year with 10 himself to go along with 85 catches for 1,318 yards. The idea of jumping ship from Philadelphia to Kansas City was mentioned to Maclin at the event, and while he stressed he wanted to be in Philadelphia, he did add this comment.
McCombs: Beaufort's Ron Parker one of good guys in NFL from The Island Packet
It's easy to forget that the vast majority of NFL players aren't troublemakers or criminals or cheaters. For every Rice, there are dozens of Parkers, hard-working nice guys who don't forget, like it or not, they're held to a tougher standard because they're in the spotlight.
Sometimes you just don't hear about them. Parker is proof those guys exist.
The Kansas City Chiefs (for the time being, at least) safety spent Saturday morning as Grand Marshall of the third annual Race4Love 5K Run and Walk on Cat Island.
"This is the world's largest underground business complex," said Mike Bell, general manager of Hunt Midwest, the industrial real estate company that operates SubTropolis. "Last year was a big rush. It was a record year. We added more spaces than we have ever added in the past 50 years."
Back then, most couldn't imagine an excavated mine leading to plump profits. But the late Kansas City Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt could, which is why he bought 2,500 acres and turned SubTropolis into a business park.
Team-by-team look at who could be tagged from ProFootballTalk
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs won't be allowing linebacker Justin Houston and his 22.0 sacks to walk away; absent a long-term deal, he gets the tag.
NFL team needs: Top offseason priorities for all 32 franchises from CBS Sports
Kansas City Chiefs: Let the bloodletting begin. The Chiefs are over the cap and might as well start parting with Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery and Mike DeVito, for starters, to clear out some space to try to have the wherewithal to put that franchise tag on Justin Houston. And with a $2 million roster bonus looming for Tamba Hali, it might be the end of his long and prosperous tenure in Kansas City.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: Pass rushers rule the top half of round one from CBS Sports
18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State: The Chiefs' inefficient use of the receiver position has been well documented, but adding a physical outside presence like Strong could change that.
2015 NFL Mock Draft: In boom or bust 2015, Combine could be key from CBS Sports
18. Kansas City Chiefs -- Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington: The chief need in Kansas City would appear to be at wide receiver but Andy Reid has shown a general aversion to selecting rookies at this position in the past. Thompson's instincts and athleticism could make him an exciting fit on a defense begging for playmakers in the back half capable of taking full advantage of the Chiefs' pass rush.