Chiefs' Justin Houston and Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski still need to decide on their contracts

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Kansas City Chiefs' Justin Houston and New England Patriots' Stephen Gostkowski are two players that will decide on long-term contracts when the franchise tag deadline arrives on July 15.

Whilst the majority of the focus this offseason has been on franchise tagged players such as New York Giants' Jason Pierre-Paul, Denver Broncos' Demaryius Thomas, and Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant, two other players have slipped slightly under the radar.

These are Justin Houston and Stephen Gostkowski.


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The outside linebacker for the Chiefs is currently on a franchise tag worth close to $13.2 million, whilst the kicker for the Patriots is on a franchise tag worth around $4.5 million.

For the Chiefs, it is looking like they will get a deal finalised with the linebacker before the deadline arrives. It is rumoured that Houston wants a deal similar to that of Houston Texans' J.J. Watt.

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The 26-year-old was only half a sack away from the NFL single-season record for sacks last season, so he'll definitely feel he deserves a payday.

However, many pass-rushers fall from grace easily and Houston must be wary that if he underachieves this season, a new deal might not be coming his way. has predicted Houston will be given a six-year deal with a worth of around $92.6 million with a salary of $15.4 million and $48.9 million guaranteed.

For the Patriots, there has been no word from the Gostkowski camp about a long-term deal being completed anytime soon.

If they are unable to sign a deal, the Patriots have the option to tag the kicker again for next season. This could end up being a total of $9.92 million over the two seasons which is a lot for a kicker.

If he hits the market, he could be competing with the likes of Justin Tucker and Blair Walsh for a team.

Gostkowski has a franchise best conversion rate of his field goals at 86.8 per cent, and has also made 73 of 78 attempts in the past two seasons.

Adam Vinatieri's final season with the Patriots was the only time a kicker has received a big lot of the cap space at the team. He was eventually allowed to become a free agent. In other words, it doesn't look good for Gostkowski.

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