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Justin Houston: Chiefs have best pass-rushing duo

Despite falling just a half sack short of the NFL single-season record, Justin Houston remains one of the most overlooked stars in the NFL -- as evidenced by his No. 27 ranking in the 2015 Top 100 list.

The Kansas City Chiefs franchise tagged the outside linebacker, who skipped offseason workouts trying to get a new contract. The July 15 deadline for tagged players to get a long-term contract approaches this week.

When he eventually returns to the field for the Chiefs this season, Houston believes he and teammate Tamba Hali will make up the best pass-rushing duo in the NFL.

"I'd say so. I think everybody should think the same way," Houston told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer's Hayes Rule at a charity event. "I think you should think that as an NFL player, think you're the best and believe you're the best. I really do think we are."

Houston hit the nail on the head: every pass-rushing duo should think they are the best. Players in Denver, Baltimore, St. Louis and Buffalo, to name four, all likely have similar beliefs.

Houston is a vital cog for a Chiefs team that relies on pressuring the quarterback with a stout front seven. There have been no indications a deal will get done by Wednesday's deadline, but coach Andy Reid was hopeful last month Houston wouldn't sit out training camp without a deal.

The 26-year-old has earned a long-term deal -- and coming off a league-leading season -- is smart to try and leverage the most money he can. If that number dipped to, say, 12 or so in 2015, the Chiefs would surely use that in negotiations.

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