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John Dorsey says Chiefs have been in contact with Justin Houston’s camp

Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (top) is skipping the team’s offseason training in search of a long-term contract.
Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (top) is skipping the team’s offseason training in search of a long-term contract. The Kansas City Star

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.

John Dorsey, general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, discusses next week's NFL draft at the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility. The Chiefs currently have the 18th pick in the first round of the draft, which starts Thursday, April 30.

“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.

Dorsey — not to mention chairman Clark Hunt and coach Andy Reid — have consistently been optimistic regarding Houston’s future in Kansas City.

“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.”

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