With the NFL Draft in the books, rosters are finally beginning to take shape. That's good news for aging veterans like Justin Houston, as in the post-draft period organizations have a much better understanding of their needs heading into the 2021 campaign.
And there's no shortage of teams that could use the 32-year-old EDGE's services. With that in mind, here are the three most likely destinations for the four-time Pro Bowler in free agency.
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3. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts addressed the edge early and often in the 2021 NFL Draft, spending their first two picks on pass-rushers. That said, Michigan's Kwity Paye is viewed to be a project who may not be ready to play right away. And that's definitely true of second-round pick Dayo Odeyingbo, who tore his Achilles while prepping for the Senior Bowl this past January. Reuniting with Houston would allow the Colts to maintain a strong pass-rush without throwing the two rookies into the fire.
2. Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs have two top-tier pass-rushers in Chris Jones and Frank Clark. But KC doesn't have much of a threat bookending Clark, and it didn't address the position in the draft until Round 4 with Joshua Kaindoh. Bringing Houston back to where his career started makes a ton of sense. He'd be the secondary pass-rusher this unit sorely needs, and he can mentor Kaindoh, who is a talented, but raw DE.
1. Baltimore Ravens
For years, the Baltimore Ravens have prided themselves on having an elite pass-rushing unit. But that could all change in 2021. Their best edge rushers from last season are gone, with Matthew Judon now on the New England Patriots and Yannick Ngakoue a member of the Las Vegas Raiders. Baltimore addressed the weakness by adding Penn State EDGE Odafe Oweh in the first-round. While Oweh might have been the most athletic EDGE in the class, he only has 7.0 sacks in three seasons with the Nittany Lions, and he didn't record a single sack in seven appearances in 2020. Adding Houston could be a great way to provide a boost to a pass-rush that really needs one, and he'd be a fantastic mentor for Oweh.
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