It was almost too good to be true. He was a Georgia kid, born in Statesboro and played for his hometown Bulldogs. As a free agent, Atlanta would have been the perfect destination.
But it was not meant to be. Justin Houston will stay in Kansas City, as the Chiefs signed the linebacker to six-year contract extension Wednesday.
Houston led the NFL in sacks last season with 22. He is now the second-highest paid defensive player in the NFL, behind Ndamukong Suh. His contract includes guarantees of $52.5 million dollars.
Houston was drafted by Scott Pioli, the former GM in Kansas City who is now with the Falcons. That was another connection that made the dream for most Falcons fans seem logical.
The Falcons have made moves this offseason to try and help the pass rush. They signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn and drafted linebacker Vic Beasley. But Clayborn is under contract for only one year, again making a possibility of signing Houston somewhat realistic.
Seattle's Bruce Irvin, an Atlanta resident, is another veteran that has been linked with the Falcons for next offseason. Irvin played for new Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn with the Seahawks.
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