To date, that hasn't happened. Making matters worse there doesn't appear to be an urgency to get a deal done either. Complicating matters might have something to do with the Chiefs desire to get a deal done with Quarterback, Alex Smith. More on that in Thursday's commentary.
Houston is the most important defensive player on the Chiefs roster. His overall talents can't be matched by anyone else on defense. Sure Kansas City still has some solid defenders but Houston has fourth quarter game changing abilities.
Even though the Chiefs have some quality depth at the position in veteran, Tamba Hali and first round pick, Dee Ford, Houston is the man who drives the sack bus in Kansas City. Hali isn't getting any younger and Ford, despite immeasurable talents, he's a complete unknown.
In any contract negotiation, it's always good to have some depth on your roster in the event talks breakdown and a holdout becomes a possibility. Houston hasn't made any comments since he skipped all the Chiefs off-season workouts. However, that doesn't mean he's going to show up anytime sign without a new contract in hand.
The last thing the Chiefs want is for Houston to hold out until the season begins. If that were the case, Ford might be pressed into service before he's ready. I think Ford can be a starter in 2015, taking over Hali, but I don't want Kansas City to rush him into service before he's ready.
No matter which side of the fence you sit on that topic this is an important move for General Manger, John Dorsey. Houston is the first player in his tenure that has made it clear he won't play unless he gets paid.
Granted I'm not a big believer in that tactic but Dorsey knows all eyes are on him to get a deal done with one of the primetime carryovers from the Pioli era. In fact, there aren't too many of the good ones left outside of Houston. To his credit, Pioli was wise to draft in the third round in 2011, so Dorsey can't have any cantankerous negotiations with him.
The reason this signing is so vital to the Chiefs is because players such as Smith and some of his teammates who will be asking for more coin soon enough, need to know that Dorsey is going to take care of the young roster talent that's starting to blossom in Kansas City.
I don't have any clue as to when this deal gets done but I'm optimistic that the stakes are so high that both sides will eventually find a common ground that makes sense for Houston and the budget conscious Chiefs.
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Will the Chiefs get Houston under contract before training camp?