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The Kansas City Chiefs have signed linebacker Justin Houston to a monster contract, making him the second richest defensive player in the league. Who could be the richest?

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The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a long-term contract with linebacker Justin Houston today, avoiding the league's deadline on contract extensions for franchise tagged players. The deal is noteworthy as it makes him the highest paid linebacker in NFL history, and the second highest paid defensive player. Who could hold the top spot?

Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, of course. Suh signed a 6-year, $114 million deal this offseason to move from the Detroit Lions to South Beach.

How close did Houston's contract with the Chiefs come to Suh's deal? The Chiefs gave him a 6-year contract worth $101 million, with $32.5 million fully guaranteed and $52.5 million injury guaranteed. That works out to $16.83 million per year, or just over $2 million less per season than Suh.

Houston will, according to a report, make $21.5 million in 2015, be paid a total of $43 million by March 2016, and $52.5 million by March 2017. The exact salary cap numbers are not yet known.

Houston is entering his fifth season in the NFL after being selected by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has recorded 48.5 sacks in his career, including a league leading 22 last year, and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was a First-Team All-Pro last year. In comparison, Suh, who is entering his sixth season, has four Pro Bowl selections and three Firs-Team All-Pro selections.

Head over the Arrowhead Pride for more on Houston's signing.