Houston has been most closely connected to the Colts this offseason, but he also spoke with the Steelers. Pittsburgh, however, moved in a different direction by signing fellow 32-year-old edge defender Melvin Ingram.
Given Houston’s track record and newfound ability to stay healthy, he should still have a market. The former Kansas City and Indianapolis sack artist may also be waiting for a potential training camp/preseason injury to change the marketplace.
The 10-year veteran totaled 19 sacks in two Colts seasons, playing out a two-year, $23M deal. His history with knee trouble notwithstanding, Houston did not miss a game as a Colt.
Indy used its top two draft choices on edge rushers — Kwity Paye and Dayo Odeyingbo — and has former second-round picks Kemoko Turay, Tyquan Lewis and Ben Banogu on its roster. Houston, however, offers more certainty as a pass rusher.
There are a few remaining veteran D-ends/outside linebackers available in free agency. While Houston profiles as the top target left, Olivier Vernon and Everson Griffen also remain unattached in the first week of camp.