KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens used the unrestricted free-agent tender on pass-rushers Melvin Ingram III and Justin Houston, respectively, on Monday.
The UFA tender isn’t used. It was final utilized by the New York Giants in 2020. If both participant indicators with a brand new group earlier than July 22 or the primary day of coaching camp, whichever is later, the signings would depend towards the NFL’s compensatory formulation.
In the event that they don’t signal by the deadline, the groups would retain unique negotiating rights to the respective gamers at 110% of their 2021 salaries, in response to the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Settlement.
For Ingram, that may be $4,400,000, for Houston $1,182,500.
Ingram, 33, joined the Chiefs in a midseason commerce final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had one sack in 9 video games with the Chiefs and one in six video games with the Steelers. He additionally had two sacks within the Chiefs’ three playoff video games.
Houston, 33, had 4.5 sacks in 15 video games in 2021 in his first season with the Ravens. He has seen his sack manufacturing lower every of the previous two seasons.
A four-time Professional Bowl participant, Houston performed higher than his sack numbers point out, nonetheless, and completed with 17 quarterback hits, which led Baltimore. Final yr, he grew to become the thirty ninth participant in NFL historical past to achieve 100 profession sacks. His 102 sacks are tied for the fourth most within the league since he entered the NFL in 2011.
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The Chiefs had been twenty ninth within the NFL in sacks final season. They retained beginning defensive finish Frank Clark on a restructured contract this yr and chosen Purdue defensive finish George Karlaftis with one in every of their two first-round picks within the latest NFL draft.
Go rush stays one in every of Baltimore’s high wants as a result of the group didn’t signal anybody in free company after Za’Darius Smith backed out of an settlement with the Ravens. The Ravens drafted exterior linebacker David Ojabo of Michigan, however he might miss his complete rookie season with an Achilles harm.
Baltimore totaled solely 21 sacks in its customary rush (4 or extra rushers) final season, which was tied for twenty sixth within the league. The Ravens’ high two returning exterior linebackers — Odafe Oweh (shoulder) and Tyus Bowser (Achilles) — had offseason surgical procedures.
ESPN Employees Author Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.