When we learned Tuesday evening that the parties involved in securing a contract for Kansas City Chiefs franchise designee Justin Houston were going to share a meal, the writing was on the wall this contract was going to get done.
Based on reports, including the projected signing bonus Houston’s camp was seeking from the Chiefs, he’ll receive a $52 million guarantee on a six-year contract worth $101 million overall.
It’s a huge payday for Houston.
One person who is excited to have this out of the way was head coach Andy Reid.
“John, Joel and their staffs did a great job of getting this deal done,” Reid said via the team's official website. “Justin has a relentless work ethic on the field and in the classroom, and he provides our team with tremendous leadership. He is a fearless competitor, and we are glad he is going to be back.”
That summation said it well. However, the man who ultimately had to structure the deal, General Manager John Dorsey, also stated how happy he is to have this contractual tug of war behind the organization.
“Today we were able to reach an agreement with Justin and his agent, Joel Segal, to keep him here in Kansas City for the foreseeable future,” Dorsey said. “He’s one of the top players in the National Football League and a premier pass rusher. As we’ve said from the beginning, Justin the football player, and the person, is someone we wanted to be a part of our organization. We are very happy that he will remain a member of the Chiefs.”
The news today should portray a very strong message to the AFC West, and players within the Chiefs locker room, that this organization intends to take care of their homegrown talent.
Still not convinced? Let’s put it in these terms. Between the contracts the Chiefs gave wide receiver Jeremy Maclin at the onset of free agency and Justin Houston today, the organization has committed $156 million dollars on just two players.
This signing should signal the end of any doubts fans had about the teams ownership. Led by Chairman Clark Hunt, this signing affirms the organization's commitment in bringing another Super Bowl to Kansas City. By backing up his words months ago, stating as fact he would insure the organization would retain Houston long term, Clark Hunt backed up his word with his checkbook.
Today, the Kansas City Chiefs enter the AFC contender stage of under the guidance of Reid and Dorsey.
Of all the franchise players, Houston appeared to be the longest shot to get done. However, from ownership on down, their message never wavered – they had every intention to get the deal done.
So for those naysayers that said it wouldn’t happen, the Chiefs appear to mean business in 2015 and beyond.
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