The Chiefs released Houston on March 10 after failing to discover a trade partner to his or her four-time Pro Bowl linebacker. He had been due a $15.25 million base salary in 20-19.
A source told Schefter that the Colts asked about trading for prior Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford but in the end decided to hold on to draft-pick reimbursement and turned their attention to Houston.
Houston, who turned 30 in January, joined the Chiefs because of third-round draft pick (70th overall) by Georgia in 2011. He immediately showed his pass-rush ability by getting three sacks in a game against the Bears as a newcomer. He had 22 sacks in 2014, missing the NFL record by a half-sack.
Houston has never come to that standard since. His best sack total in the previous four seasons will be 9.5 in 2017. Houston has 78.5 livelihood sacks, fourth on the Chiefs’ all-time list.
In 2015, Houston signed up a six-year contract worth $101 million, making him at the time that the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
Houston was more than just a pass-rusher for the Chiefs. He had been an superb all-purpose player who defended that the run well. He had been a first team all pro selection in 2014.
ESPN’s Adam Teicher led to the report.