The Kansas City Chiefs have used the franchise tag on their star outside linebacker…
Outside linebacker Justin Houston put together an incredible season that would have been enough to win Defensive Player of the Year in just about any season.
A historic season from Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt prevented that from happening, but Houston led the NFL with 22 sacks.
He made his third consecutive Pro Bowl trip and has 48.5 sacks over his four-year career. The Chiefs have decided to use the franchise tag on the outside linebacker.
The Chiefs will have to pay Houston $13.195 million for the 2015 season, and they will certainly be working on a contract extension for him since he is still only 26 years old.
Houston fell just short of the single-season sack record, which was broken by New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan in 2001 with 22.5.
The Chiefs defense will be a force to be reckoned with in the foreseeable future with Houston and Tamba Hali starting at outside linebacker.