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Report: Chiefs give Justin Houston the franchise tag

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The NFL’s reigning sack leader has received the franchise tag.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the Chiefs have designated outside linebacker Justin Houston their franchise free agent.

The 26-year-old Houston has recorded 48.5 sacks in his first four NFL seasons. If Houston has received the non-exclusive tag, he will be tendered a one-year salary offer of the average of the top five linebacker salaries of 2014.

The Chiefs will have until July 15 to work out a contract extension with Houston, the second-rated player in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Houston paced the NFL with 22 sacks in 2014.