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Kansas City Chiefs confirm franchise tag placement on Justin Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs confirm that they have designated linebacker Justin Houston with the franchise tag to keep him with the club for the 2015 campaign.

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that they have placed the franchise tag on linebacker Justin Houston.

The 26-year-old had an impressive campaign for Andy Reid's men as he led the NFL in sacks last season with 22, falling half a sack short of the all-time record set by Michael Strahan.

Despite Houston's level of displays for the Chiefs, the two parties have been unable to come to an agreement over a long-term contract, meaning that he will play the 2015 season out on the tag worth $13.195m (£8.5m).

"Justin is a talented player and a key contributor to our defense," general manager John Dorsey told the club's official website.

"Today was the deadline to designate a franchise player, and it was in the best interest of the club to place the tag on Justin.

"We will continue to discuss long-term options with him and his agent. Our goal is to reach a deal that is mutually beneficial. We want to keep Justin in a Chiefs uniform for years to come."

Houston has recorded 235 tackles, 48.5 sacks and one interception in his four years in the NFL.

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