The Kansas City Chiefs and linebacker Justin Houston are far apart in negotiations for a new contract.
Houston, who is still playing under his rookie contract, is vying for a new deal with the team.
According to the report, Houston was offered a new contract, which was turned down. Houston skipped mini-camp and the team’s entire offseason program in an effort to secure a new contract.
Houston, 25, recorded 44 total tackles and a career-high 11 sacks in 11 games last season for Kansas City. He has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons and is scheduled to make $1,406,000 this season in the final year of rookie deal.
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Per a league source, a “huge” gap current exists between the team’s offer and Houston’s demands. If they don’t work out new deals with Houston and Alex Smith, they’ll have to choose between them.
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