New Raven Houston says he handed on Steelers


OWINGS MILLS, Md. — It solely took Justin Houston‘s second follow with the Baltimore Ravens to place himself in center of probably the most heated NFL rivalries.

On Saturday, Houston stated he selected to signal a one-year deal price as much as $4 million with the Ravens despite the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers provided him more cash.

“I used to be so near signing with the Steelers,” Houston stated. “It simply labored out higher [in Baltimore].”

When Houston struck a cope with Baltimore, a supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the four-time Professional Bowl outdoors linebacker turned down considerably more cash from different groups so as to pursue a championship with the Ravens. The Steelers addressed their cross rush by signing Melvin Ingram to a one-year $4 million contract.

Houston stated the Ravens protection performed a significant component in his choice. When he visited Baltimore in April, Ravens officers walked via their scheme and the way they noticed him in it.

“I fell in love with it,” Houston stated. “I sort of knew I wished to be right here once I noticed that.”

The Ravens are hoping Houston can shore up their cross rush after shedding Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free company.

Houston, 32, is one among 5 gamers with eight-plus sacks in every of the final 4 seasons, in keeping with ESPN Stats & Data. The others are Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Jason Pierre-Paul and Ngakoue.

Houston, who has performed for the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts, believes Baltimore will “maximize” his abilities.

“I believe it was higher match for me in what I used to be in search of,” Houston stated. “I simply need alternatives to have one-on-ones and be capable to put strain on the quarterback.”

Houston additionally stated he was recruited closely to Baltimore by cornerback Marcus Peters, a former teammate in Kansas Metropolis. As quickly as final season ended, Peters known as up Houston to attempt to lure him to Baltimore by explaining how the scheme completely fits him.

“He is an final nice chief for a staff like us,” Peters stated. ‘Once you get a participant like that, and he is on the market available on the market, it does not [hurt] to simply name — simply say, ‘What’s up? How are you doing?’ — and see if we may be part of his journey, and he may be part of ours, too, and it labored out.”

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