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Justin Houston turned down more money from the Steelers to join the Ravens

Justin Houston, defensive end, works a drill during Indianapolis Colts practice on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The team is preparing for the first game of the season and will cut their player roster down to a final 53 man roster in two days. Colts practice as final roster cuts loom

Justin Houston is choosing not to sign with the Steelers and join their rivals, the Baltimore Ravens. In addition, Houston turned down more money from Pittsburgh. As a result, the longtime AFC North rivals have another component that will only add more fuel to the fire.

It is no secret the Ravens and Steelers do not like each other. The two face off twice a year, and each battle is usually pretty close. In addition, the two teams are no strangers when it comes to meeting in the postseason as well. Justin Houston admits he took less money from the Steelers to join the Ravens. In addition, he says he was really close to signing in Pittsburgh but didn’t think it would be a good fit.

�I was so close to signing with the Steelers. �[They] were one of the teams I was considering. It just worked out better.�

Justin Houston

More and more veteran players are drawn to the Ravens’ organization. As a result, that’s a big reason Houston chose Baltimore. The scheme they run and the culture they built were the two biggest reasons he took less money.

“I wanted to go somewhere I know I’d have fun and enjoy the scheme.”

Justin Houston

Houston is 32-years-old but still has a lot of game left. For example, Houston had two productive seasons in Indianapolis after his release from Kansas City. In addition, he didn’t miss a game in those two years.

Baltimore needs pass rushers after losing two starters in free agency. FOr example, Matthew Judon is now in New England, and Yannick Ngakoue is in Las Vegas. However, Houston can fill that hole and provide veteran leadership.

Adding to the Steelers and Ravens rivalry

Former Steeler Alejandro Villanueva is now a Raven after years in Pittsburgh. Villanueva loves the Ravens’ offense and looks forward to seeing his old team twice a year. In addition, he had some words regarding his former team.

“I�m assuming it�s not as much fun for the receivers because they�re not getting all of the catches, they�re making the Tik Toks, and they�re having fun on their social media.”

Alejandro Villanueva

The first game isn’t until the beginning of December. However, expect no love lost between these two.

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