Chiefs place franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston, long-term contract still in play

As expected, the Chiefs franchise-tagged star outside linebacker Justin Houston on Monday and a league source told The Star it was a nonexclusive tag, which allows Houston to receive offers from other teams. He is not expected to sign the franchise tender at the moment, though it is unclear when he will decide whether to sign.

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Failure to lock up Justin Houston last year is John Dorsey’s biggest misstep with Chiefs

A year ago, the Chiefs could have saved themselves a lot of time, trouble and money by signing linebacker Justin Houston to a long-term contract. Had they done so, they’d today have more cap space, longer control over a premier pass rusher and more flexibility to fill other needs on their roster.


Laurent Duvernay-Tardif could figure into Chiefs’ plans at guard this year

The Chiefs struggled at left guard all last season, but that does not necessarily mean they will invest a ton of resources in upgrading the position this offseason. Projected starter Jeff Allen, who missed 15 games last season with an elbow injury, should be healthy and ready to play, and the Chiefs also invested a sixth-round pick in guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an athletic, 6-foot-4, 321-pounder from McGill University in Canada.

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De’Anthony Thomas named Chiefs rookie of the year at 101 Awards Banquet

“I’m just doing whatever I can to help the team.” The 22-year-old running back said it enough that you couldn’t help but believe it, and at the annual 101 Awards on Saturday, he officially received confirmation that he certainly accomplished that goal, as he was named the winner of the Mack Lee Hill Award as the Chiefs’ rookie of the year.