Kansas City Chiefs lock up OLB Justin Houston with six-year deal

The Chiefs locked up their superstar sackmaster with a massive long-term deal that eclipses J.J. Watt’s.

Outside linebacker Justin Houston agreed to a six-year contract extension worth $101 million. The deal reportedly contains $52.5 million in guaranteed money.

Houston’s new contract is the richest deal in team history for any linebacker. It’s also the second-largest deal handed out to any defender this offseason, eclipsed only by Ndamukong Suh’s deal with the Dolphins. 

That’s a steep, but necessary price to keep their player off the market in 2015 and beyond. Instead, Houston will stay in Kansas City as he tries to top his 22-sack campaign in 2014.