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Justin Houston signs with Colts for $24 million over two years

24 March 2019
Justin Houston signs with Colts for $24 million over two years

It's the first big splash the Colts have made this offseason.

It's a role he excelled in for eight seasons with Kansas City.

Ballard certainly understands what he's getting in Houston from their time together in Kansas City, where Ballard served on the player personnel staff from 2013 to 2016.

ESPN is reporting the free agent outside linebacker will sign a two-year, $24-million deal with the Indianapolis Colts.

"We've been calling and texting each other", Houston said. Houston joins a contender that needed a pass rusher. He'll no doubt add more talent in the 2019 draft, as well, but seeing him be patient in free agency and use his cap space wisely is tremendous in this regard. But Ballard wisely focused much of his attention on in-house extensions (Margus Hunt) and re-signings (Pierre Desir and Clayton Geathers) until the right opportunity to make a big splash presented itself.

Outside linebacker Darius Leonard was a first-team All-Pro during his rookie season, and the Colts hope to get even more productivity out of second-year defensive linemen Kemoko Turay and Tyquan Lewis, both second-round picks. "That's over and done with".

While Houston turned 30 in January and has dealt with nagging knee injuries in recent years, he has remained productive over the past two seasons with 18.5 total sacks in that span.