Chiefs news for 11 March 2019
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By parting ways with Houston, the Chiefs will save $14 million in cap space, while still carrying $7.1 million in dead money.
Ultimately, the Chiefs decided the best way to make the team better was by parting ways with Houston. Though Houston is coming off a solid season where he recorded 36 total tackles, nine sacks and one interception, his hefty contract and age significantly diminished his trade value. Houston signed a six-year, $101 million contract in 2015.
“Over the last eight seasons we’ve had the ability to watch Justin grow into a leader on and off the playing field,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “His passion helped him become one the most successful pass rushers in franchise history. We appreciate his contributions to our team and community and he’ll always be considered a part of the Chiefs family.”
“This is the 49th annual event, and it’s hard to believe it’s been 49 years,” said Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt. “My dad got the idea to start the banquet after our Super Bowl IV victory – that was really the catalyst for it. It’s a great opportunity for our organization and the city of Kansas City to congratulate and say thank you to the coaches and players who make the NFL special. That’s what tonight is all about.”
Damien Williams will enter the 2019 season as the unquestioned starter for the Chiefs. His contributions down the stretch allowed for the Chiefs high-powered offense to not miss a beat following the loss of their two top running backs. That same in-season play earned an extension with the Chiefs which keeps Williams in Kansas City through the 2020 season. During the playoffs he accounted 250 yards and four touchdowns over the course of two games. He also made Chiefs’ franchise history in the process. The Chiefs have only scratched the surface with Williams. He’s only been the starter for five games, including the playoffs and has plenty of room to grow in this offense.
|Player & Position||School||From|
|DeAndre Baker CB||Georgia||Todd McShay -ESPN|
|Clelin Ferrell DE||Clemson||Nate Davis – USA Today|
|DeAndre Baker CB||Georgia||Eric Edholm – Yahoo Sports|
|Taylor Rapp S||Washington||Daniel Jeremiah – NFL.com|
|Nasir Adderley S||Delaware||Luke Easterling – Draft Wire|
|Byron Murphy CB||Washington||Chris Trapasso – CBS Sports|
|Deionte Thompson S||Alabama||John Clayton – Washington Post|
|DeAndre Baker CB||Georgia||Matt Miller – Bleacher Report|
|Byron Murphy CB||Washington||Chad Reuter – NFL.com|
|Justin Layne CB||Michigan State||Joe Marino – The Draft Network|