Deadlines spur action.
Houston inked a six-year, $101 million deal that includes $52.5 million in guarantees, NFL Media's Albert Breer and Rand Getlin report. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport adds that Houston's signing bonus is $20.5 million and his contract includes $32.5 million fully guaranteed.
"I want to be known as one of the best to ever play the game," Houston said on a conference call Wednesday. "That's my motivation."
Houston earned 22 sacks in 2014, falling just half a sack shy of the NFL single-season record.
The 26-year-old plays a pivotal role in a Chiefs defense that relies on pressuring the quarterback with its front seven. With Houston's future secure, he can roll into 2015 with confidence, chasing Michael Strahan's single-season sack record and backing up his proclamation that he is part of the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL.
That is debatable, but Houston has a strong case to make as the best linebacker in football. He's underrated against the run in addition to his pass rushing prowess. And now he's getting paid for it.
"Once you get paid, it's not like you won the lottery," Houston said Wednesday. "You still got work to do. You still have to prove yourself. You can still get better each and every day so that's my goal."