NFL transactions: Chiefs release LB Houston
The Kansas City Chiefs released outside linebacker Justin Houston on Sunday, saving $14 million in salary cap space.
Multiple outlets reported the Chiefs tried to trade Houston, but no team was
willing to take on his $15.5 million salary for 2019. Houston was set to count
$21.1 million against the cap, which will be reduced to a dead-money hit of
"Justin has made a lasting impact on this franchise and I can't thank him
enough for his contributions over the years," general manager Brett Veach said
in a statement. "These decisions are never easy. I have a great deal of
respect for Justin as a player and person and I wish him and his family the
best moving forward."
Houston, 30, missed four games to injury in 2018 but still managed nine sacks
and 12 quarterback hits, after posting 9.5 and 20, respectively, in 15 games
in 2017. However, he has missed 21 games to injury over the last four seasons
and hasn't made the Pro Bowl since 2015.
--The Oakland Raiders have an agreement in place to trade former All-Pro guard
Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, multiple outlets reported.
According to the Bay Area News Group, the Raiders will receive a fifth-round
pick while sending a sixth-rounder to the Jets. The deal cannot become
official until the new league year begins Wednesday.
Osemele, 29, missed five games to injury in 2018 and allowed four sacks, his
highest figure since his rookie year of 2012. He has two years remaining on
his contract, with unguaranteed figures of $10.2 million in 2019 and $11.7
million in 2020. The Raiders will save the full $10.2 million from their cap
--The Raiders also re-signed defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins to a two-year
deal, according to multiple reports, though terms were not reported.
Hankins, who turns 27 on March 29, was set to hit free agency after joining
the Raiders in September on a one-year, $2 million deal. He had no sacks and
two QB hits in 15 games but managed 36 tackles. Hankins has just five total
sacks since breaking out with seven in 2014 with the New York Giants.
--The Minnesota Vikings have not approached tight end Kyle Rudolph about a
paycut, his agent said in a statement to NFL Network.
Acknowledging rumors about Rudolph's status, agent Brian Murphy said his
client will be on the team in 2019 and "hopefully for years to come."
Rudolph, 29, will count $7.6 million against the cap in 2019, the final year
of a five-year, $36.5 million contract. He had 64 catches for 634 yards and
four touchdowns last season, his eighth in Minnesota since being drafted in
the second round in 2011.
--The Detroit Lions are releasing cornerback Nevin Lawson, according to
multiple reports, saving $4.675 million of his $5.8 million cap figure for
Lawson, who turns 28 in April, had signed a two-year, $9.6 million extension
last March. He started 45 games for Detroit over the last three seasons,
notching 18 passes defensed.
--The Cleveland Browns are releasing tight end Darren Fells after being unable
to trade him, multiple outlets reported, saving $2.3 million of his $3.7
million cap figure for 2019.
Fells, who turns 33 in April, joined Cleveland on a three-year, $12 million
deal last March. He caught 11 passes for 117 yards and three touchdowns in 16
games last season while serving primarily as a blocker.
--The Denver Broncos tendered restricted free agent defensive tackle Shelby
Harris at the second-round level of $3.095 million, according to multiple
Harris, 27, will make about $1 million more than the original-round tender,
which would have allowed other teams to sign him away from Denver for a
seventh-round pick instead of a second-rounder. A former Raiders seventh-round
pick who was cut by three teams before joining the Broncos in 2017, Harris has
seven sacks and 16 QB hits over the last two seasons.
--Field Level Media