NFL Notebook: DE Justin Houston Finds a New Home 

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston (50) celebrates during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

After eight seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, defensive end Justin Houston was released by the team earlier this month.

On Thursday, he found his new home as the four-time Pro Bowler signed with the Indianapolis Colts. According to multiple reports, it’s a two-year deal. He’ll join a team that was tied for 19th in sacks last season (38.0).

The Chiefs, who led the NFL in sacks in 2018 along with the Pittsburgh Steelers (52.0), will be without their two starting edge rushers from last season. Defensive end Dee Ford was traded to the San Francisco 49ers on the first day of free agency.

Houston departed Kansas City No. 4 on the franchise’s all-time sack list (78.5). The Colts play both the Chiefs and the Chargers in 2019.

Philon Heads to Arizona

Former Chargers defensive tackle Darius Philon signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday, according to the team.

Philon, 25, was drafted by the Chargers in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. In four seasons, he appeared in 54 games and started 19, including 13 this past season.

Arizona allowed 26.6 points per game and ranked last in rushing defense in 2018.

Burfict in Silver and Black

The Oakland Raiders continued their aggressiveness in free agency by signing linebacker Vontaze Burfict on Tuesday.

In seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Burfict started 73 games and compiled 610 tackles. He led the NFL in combined tackles with 177 in 2013, his lone Pro Bowl season.

Burfict is reunited with Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, who was his DC in Cincinnati for four seasons. In addition to Burfict, Oakland has added defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, defensive end Josh Mauro, cornerback Nevin Lawson and safety Lamarcus Joyner to its defense.

Cook Set to Join Saints

Former Raiders tight end Jared Cook has left the division.

According to NFL Network, the 10-year veteran is expected to sign with the New Orleans Saints. It will be his fifth NFL team.

Cook was Oakland’s lone Pro Bowler in 2018. He caught 68 passes for 896 yards and six touchdowns – all career highs. Derek Carrier, Lee Smith and Darren Waller are the only tight ends currently listed on the Raiders’ roster.

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