Report: Justin Houston wants to play for Ravens, willing to sign for under market value
Justin Houston. Robert Scheer/IndyStar via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Justin Houston is zeroing in on a suitor. Jason La Canfora reports that the veteran defensive lineman recently reached out to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh “to convey a willingness to come to Baltimore.”

As La Canfora notes, the Ravens are Houston’s top choice, and it sounds like he’s willing to take a discount to make it happen. Houston is willing to sign for “considerably less than market,” and the player’s camp is ready to work with the organization with the understanding that the front office is dealing with cap constraints. As La Canfora tweets, Houston had more lucrative offers on the table, but he ultimately turned down contracts from his many suitors.

We learned earlier this week that the pass rusher had a long list of potential suitors, with the Colts and Steelers mentioned as potential landing spots. Given Houston’s track record and newfound ability to stay healthy, it makes sense that he still has a market. 

The 32-year-old totaled 19 sacks in two seasons with the Colts, playing out a two-year, $23M deal. His history with knee trouble notwithstanding, Houston did not miss a game as a Colt. He missed 26 games during his eight years with the Chiefs, but he was still plenty productive, collecting 78.5 sacks (including a 22-sack campaign in 2014).

The Ravens certainly have a need for a veteran pass rusher. The team lost Matt Judon, who led the 2020 squad with six sacks, in free agency, and the organization also lost the likes of Yannick Ngakoue and Jihad Ward.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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