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Chiefs place franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston, long-term contract still in play | The Kansas City Star

After months of speculation, there’s finally a tangible first step toward Justin Houston’s long-term contract future. As expected, the Chiefs franchise-tagged Houston on Monday, and a league source told The Star it was a nonexclusive tag, which allows the Chiefs’ star outside linebacker to receive offers from other teams.

Chiefs’ Justin Houston receives non-exclusive franchise tag | Chiefs Digest

Houston is not expected to immediately sign the one-year franchise tender, a source familiar with the situation informed ChiefsDigest.com. The franchise tag for the linebacker position is worth $13.19 million. Still, a player not promptly putting his signature on a franchise tender is not unheard of. The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Dwayne Bowe in 2012, but Bowe didn’t sign the tender until after training camp.

Failure to lock up Justin Houston last year is John Dorsey’s biggest misstep with Chiefs | The Kansas City Star

A year ago, the Chiefs could have saved themselves a lot of time, trouble and money by signing Houston to a contract based on Tamba Hali’s five-year, $35 million guaranteed deal, which was signed before the 2011 season. Do that back then, and the Chiefs today have more cap space, longer control over a premier pass rusher and more flexibility and focus to fill some obvious needs in hopes of ending a 21-year drought of playoff wins.

Chiefs Place Franchise Tag On LB Justin Houston | KCChiefs.com

"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."

In game of chicken, Kansas City Chiefs fans see red, Justin Houston sees miles of green | FOX Sports

1. If you were in Dorsey's shoes, would you rather have Justin Houston locked up, pain-free, in the long term for the Kansas City Chiefs, or quarterback Alex Smith?

2. Which player is likely to go out and break the bank, right now, on the open market: Smith, a 30-year-old quarterback only a few seasons away from the winter of his pro career, or Houston, a pass-rushing monster who just turned 26?

Kansas City Chiefs franchise tag NFL sacks leader Justin Houston | ESPN

The Chiefs and Houston have until July 15 to agree on a long-term contract. If they don't have a deal in place by then, they can't agree on one until after the 2015 regular season.

Chiefs will franchise tag Justin Houston: 5 things to know | CBSSports.com

Using the franchise tag on Houston also gives the Chiefs a longer window during which to negotiate a long-term deal. Houston would presumably be looking for a guarantee of at least $28.776 million, the total of what he'd receive if he were franchise tagged for two seasons in a row. That would be comparable to the deal received by J.J. Watt, who got a $100 million contract with $30.876 million guaranteed last offseason.

Justin Houston news doesn't bring much clarity to his situation | ESPN

In that sense, the Chiefs placing the franchise tag on Houston and Houston possibly deciding not to sign it is a part of the business. These things tend to sort themselves out ... But these things don’t always sort themselves out. In this case, the lack of progress toward a long-term contract and Houston’s willingness to hold out of last spring’s activities make you wonder whether this one will.

Diving into the Chiefs’ salary cap before free agency | Chiefs Digest

Cutting Walker would save just $1.75 million, which actually becomes just $1.25 million when a replacement contract takes his place. Releasing Walker only seems to make financial sense if the team must make a small move to get under the cap.

The New Chiefs Download Podcast: Will Shields | KCChiefs.com

An exclusive, one-on-one interview with former Chiefs guard Will Shields, who has been named to the NFL's 2015 Hall of Fame class.