Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston can be a team player even when he’s not actually on the field.
Houston has agreed to restructure his contract, saving the Chiefs approximately $6 million in cap space, according to The Kansas City Star’s Terez A. Paylor. The Chiefs converted $6 million of Houston’s salary into bonuses, giving the team roughly $11.1 million in cap room this season.
That gives the Chiefs plenty of cap flexibility for the 2016 season and beyond. They could use the surplus to bring in help during the season, could extend prominent players such as safety Eric Berry and defensive tackle Dontari Poe, or roll over the cash into next season.
Houston, who began the season on the physically unable to perform list, won’t be able to take the field for at least the first six weeks of the regular season. The four-time Pro Bowl honoree is recovering from offseason ACL surgery and the hope is for Houston to return around November, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Until then, Houston’s presence could be greatly missed. He has recorded 56 sacks during his first five seasons in Kansas City. Last week, the Chiefs recorded only one sack against San Diego’s rebuilding offensive line.