Just as it looked like there would be no movement on this a day where franchise tagged players and their current employers must come to an agreement on long-term deals or forever hold their peace (until next year), one player's agent has just earned his pay cheque.
While the likes of Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas continue to do battle across the negotiating table, Justin Houston and the Kansas City Chiefs have come to a deal that will make the linebacker a very rich man indeed.
ESPN were the first to report a deal for the sack-happy 26-year-old which is reportedly worth a staggering $101 million over six-years - $52.5 million of which is guaranteed.
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The blockbuster deal will go down in NFL hitory as the biggest sum handed out to a linebacker, with only Ndamukong Suh's recent Miami Dolphins contract a rival in the entire NFL.
As you might imagine Justin Houston was quick to express his delight about getting a long-term contract agreed before the deadline passed later today:
Houston has shown his worth to the Chiefs in recent seasons, racking up a league high 22 sacks in 2014, and Kansas City were very keen to secure his long term services.
Handing out such huge sums of money is always a risk but clearly they felt they couldn't let the situation drag out any further.
Justin Houston had been set to earn $13.2 million in 2015 as a franchise tagged player, not a paltry sum by any means, but the lay out of his new deal is enough to make your eyes water.
Having the exceptional pass rusher locked up for six more years is a huge boost to the Kansas City Chiefs as they build towards the future, but should fans of other teams waiting on news on their star players be buoyed by the fact one deal has been done today?
Well, unfortunately for Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos fans, Justin Houston is not an elite wide receiver.
Unlike the Cowboys and Broncos, the Chiefs were not anxiously waiting to see which team blinked first in setting the market value for a positional player. They paid Houston without the pressure of looking like they'd made a mistake.
So long as Broncos are waiting to see how much Dez Bryant gets paid whilst the Cowboys want to see what Demaryius Thomas gets offered, Justin Houston might be the only one laughing all the way to the bank tonight.
NFL fans: Is $101 million for a linebacker worth it in today's NFL? Have your say in the comments below...
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