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Chiefs place franchise tag on All-Pro linebacker Justin Houston

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Justin Houston walks off the field at Arrowhead Stadium following a 19-7 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 17. (Photo: J.W. Edwards/WDAF-TV)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs have placed the franchise tag on All-Pro pass rusher Justin Houston.

The Chiefs announced the move on Monday, saying in a statement that “it was in the best interest of the club” and it will continue to discuss a long-term deal with Houston.

Monday’s move was widely expected given the relatively little progress Kansas City has made with Houston and his representatives on a long-term deal.

The two sides still have until July 15 to negotiate a contract, and it is not certain whether Houston will immediately sign his tender. As an outside linebacker, the one-year deal would earn him about $13.1 million for the upcoming season.

The Chiefs likely will need to make additional moves soon to free up salary cap space.