It took months of tense negotiating for the Chiefs to lock up their star pass rusher.
But it only took a few minutes for the two sides to start playing nice again after months apart.
"As we’ve said from the beginning, Justin (Houston) the football player, and the person, is someone we wanted to be a part of our organization," Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said on a conference call. "We are very happy that he will remain a member of the Chiefs.”
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So are Chiefs fans. Houston notched 22 sacks last year and returns to a defense poised to do even better things in 2015.
Houston said that factored into his decision to return. He wants to watch those good things unfold in red and gold, in front of the fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
“It's a great feeling,” Houston told the team's official website. “On third-and-long when you hear the crowd and you see the opposing quarterback yelling, trying to change the play and struggling to communicate with the offensive linemen."
Added Houston: "I love playing in front of our fans."