Baltimore Ravens Sign Justin Houston to a One-Year Deal

Justin Houston With Baltimore Ravens Background

  • Justin Houston has signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Houston is a four-time Pro Bowl defender, one-time First Team All-Pro, and the NFL sacks leader in 2014.
  • The Ravens have the sixth best odds to win Super Bowl LVI at +1600.

Justin Houston waited for the right opportunity and offer to come along before deciding on which team to play this season.

The OTAs and minicamps had passed and training camp was about to start but the four-time Pro Bowl defender remained unsigned. On Friday, Houston finally found his new home as he agreed to a one-year $4M deal with the Baltimore Ravens.

Make no mistake, $4M wasn’t the best offer he got. But money wasn’t the main consideration for Houston’s decision to head to Baltimore. It was the opportunity to win.

Pursuing a Championship With the Ravens

Houston fills a significant void as Baltimore saw both of its starting edge rushers leave in free agency. Matthew Judon signed a four-year $56M deal with the New England Patriots while Yannick Ngakoue agreed to a two-year $26M deal with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Ravens kept Tyus Bowser, Pernell McPhee and Sterling Ferguson. They also drafted Odafe Oweh in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft but no one on their current roster has more than four sacks in 2020. Considering that Baltimore had the fewest sacks when not blitzing (26) in the NFL over the past two seasons, adding the best available pass rusher available was a significant move for the team.

Houston received offers from other teams but chose to sign with the Ravens because he believes that among his suitors, they give him his best chance of winning his first Super Bowl. As of the latest Super Bowl LVI odds at the BetOnline App, Baltimore is tied with Cleveland for the sixth best odds to win the Lombardi Trophy next season at +1600.

One of the NFL’s Best Pass Rushers

Houston was a third round pick of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 out of the University of Georgia. At Kansas City, he became one of the NFL’s best pass rushers en route to earning four Pro Bowl selections and one First Team All-Pro before joining the Indianapolis Colts via free agency in 2019.

The 2014 NFL sacks leader has played in a total of 118 games played. He has amassed career totals of 426 tackles including 351 solo, 97.5 sacks, 17 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries, and four interceptions. Houston also has a total of 32 pass deflections and two defensive touchdowns in his impressive NFL career.

In 32 games played and started with Indianapolis, Houston accumulated 19 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, 21 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and three safeties. He is already 32 years old but there’s no question that there is still plenty of thread left on his tires right now, and the Ravens will certainly benefit from his addition.

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Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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