He played in 102 games (96 starts) during his eight seasons with the franchise and registered 377 total tackles, 78.5 sacks, 14 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries.
Houston appeared in four straight Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2015, but was hampered by injuries in 2016 and limited to five games.
The Chiefs had tried to trade Houston, but no one was willing to pick up the $15.25 million base salary that was due this season, per ESPN's Adam Shefter. After trying to restructure the contract to no avail, the Chiefs thought it would be best to release Houston, who spent his first eight seasons with the team.
The Chiefs were bad, finishing 2-14, but Houston turned in a solid second season. "Our deal is to obviously acquire and maintain as many great players as you can".
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid sung Houston's praises in a statement released by the club on Sunday. It's the largest contract in team history and also made Houston the highest-paid linebacker in National Football League history.
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The Patriots are on the verge of acquiring one of the best pass rushers on the market in Michael Bennett. As a result, this increase in salary cap space could be used on signing a big name free agent this offseason.
After that season, Houston signed a then-record six-year, $101 million contract.
This has been on the horizon for a while, and one reporter said it was going to happen last week. "We appreciate his contributions to our team and community and he'll always be considered a part of the Chiefs family".
In 12 games last season, Houston produced 9 sacks and 1 interception.
Nearly immediately after trading Khalil Mack before last season, Jon Gruden lamented how hard it is to find edge rushers. "He really helped set the tone, and I appreciate the work he put in with us".