Houston said on his conference call that he probably wouldn’t have shown up for training camp if the deal wasn’t done by Wednesday afternoon’s deadline, something that’s moot now that the Chiefs followed through on what they told Houston at the end of 2014.

SEPTEMBER 08: Justin Houston #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates a sack during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguarsat EverBank Field on September 8, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. Houston has never undergone major surgery or missed time due to injury, showing signs that he will be a consistent player well into his thirties.

On Wednesday, it was reported that the Kansas City Chiefs had signed outside linebacker Justin Houston to a six-year contract that carries a max value of $101 million. The Cowboys originally offered Bryant $10 million per season, according to reports, but have bumped it up to more than. Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Jason Pierre also have been hit with the franchise tag and are working on contracts.

The 6-foot-3, 258-pound Houston led the National Football League with 22 sacks last season – a half-sack short of the record set by Michael Strahan of the New York Giants in 2001. But the Chiefs will gladly absorb whatever minimal risk Houston presents and lock up a game-altering pass-rusher until his age-32 season. All of a sudden he had “character issues”, and teams got scared, and the Chiefs snagged him in the third round. The deal includes $45 million in guaranteed money. Houston inked a long-term deal with Kansas City Wednesday.

“Once you get paid, it’s not like you won the lottery”, Houston insisted. “You can still get better each and every day, so that’s my goal”. While some contracts reward previous performance instead of future, Houston’s deal is a bit of both.

That’s why if I had to guess, Houston will respond to his big contract – six years and $101 million – with another big season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not disclosed by the team.

However, after much wrangling between the Chiefs and Houston’s agent, Joel Segal, over the past year – the two sides have been negotiating – they managed to avoid that scenario with a record-setting deal that will keep Houston under contract through 2020.