Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said Friday during a news conference that the club has recently spoken with representatives of outside linebacker Justin Houston.
Houston, who was given the franchise tag in March, is skipping the Chiefs’ offseason training activities while he seeks a new, long-term contract instead of signing the one-year franchise tender.
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“If you’re going to ask me if I’ve had conversation with his representatives, I have,” Dorsey said. “I’ve had conversations with his representatives — or we have — in the last three days.”
The Chiefs have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with Houston. As a nonexclusive franchise player, other teams have the option of offering him a contract the Chiefs could choose to either match or reject. If they were to reject, the Chiefs would receive two first-round picks from the team that signs Houston.
“We’ve said all along that Justin is a great football player, he really is,” Dorsey said. “I foresee him not going anywhere in the future.”