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Houston signs, only McClain is left

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, July 26th, 2010 at 7:47 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Defensive lineman Lamarr Houston, the Raiders’ second-round pick in the 2010 draft, signed a contract Monday, the club announced on its Web site.

Houston, the 44th overall selection, played defensive tackle for the last two years at Texas but is slated to be an end with the Raiders, playing over the tight end, according to coach Tom Cable.

The Raiders report to the Napa Valley Marriott Tuesday, then have a day of meetings before the first practice on Thursday.

Houston has been back in the Bay Area for the past week and said upon his arrival he expected no delays with regard to being in camp on time.

“I’m excited,” Houston said in advance of signing his contract. “It’s my first opportunity to play in the NFL and I thank God for getting me this far. It’s a dream come true and I’m very excited for training camp.”

Of the last four Raiders first-round picks, only quarterback JaMarcus Russell missed significant time, not signing until after the regular season opener in 2007. Safety Michael Huff (2006) and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (2009) missed a single practice and made it for the second practice on the first day of workouts. Running back Darren McFadden (2008) signed on June 6, well in advance of camp.

McClain, the No. 8 overall pick, should be in line for guaranteed money in the neighborhood of what was received by Heyward-Bey as the No. 7 pick a year ago. Heyward-Bey received $23.5 million guaranteed.

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  • J Wiggle

    Shannon Brown is NOT on the Lakers …

  • RaiderRockstar

    How many games do Turdell suit for the Patsies? My bet is 0

    ***

    exactly. same as Andrew Walter!

  • J Wiggle

    What a waste Turdell Sands was/is …

    Don’t want to hear that he didn’t have the strength or talent to get it done. That ONE yerar he had was pretty impressive.

    I think he might have been the initial sizzurper

  • RaiderRockstar

    where’s DKnight007 ?

    I bet the W’s would like to sign Delonte West to join the guard rotation of Curry, Ellis & Lin …

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 10:10 am
    Kobe, Sasha, Shannon, Blake & Fisher

    Lakota: who’s minutes would Delonte West steal ???

    ++++++++++++++

    Like I said, we just need him for about 1 minute in game 1 of the finals…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    The Lakers should sign Delonte West. Just having that peanut butter brotha on the team will neutralize LeBaron in the playoffs. Can’t just hear the crowd chanting “Cougar Baby”?

  • RaiderRockstar

    That ONE yerar he had was pretty impressive.

    ***

    For the Raiders in 2006, Sands played in 16 games, starting two, while recording a career-high 41 tackles, a sack, and his first career interception. Following the season, he was re-signed to a four-year, $17 million contract.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Darn, Dakota scooped my West comment. WTG.

  • RaiderRockstar

    In six years with the Raiders he started 14 of 75 games, recording 128 tackles, four sacks and an interception.

    He was released on September 5, 2009, during final roster cutdowns.

    Sands signed with the New England Patriots on September 28, 2009. During his first week with the Patriots, Sands told the media he stood at 6-foot-8 and weighed 355 pounds. He was released by the team on October 14, after being active for one game.

  • aig

    Turdell played very well for us the year before his contract extension. It was after getting his contract that he admitted he was out of shape and went down hill from there.

    Back to Cody, tell me how he’s going to contribute when he’s not even fit to practice? Still waiting for a coherent answer.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Smart move to pass on Mt. Grody.

  • RaiderRockstar

    AIG – from your own post

    he’s not the first nose tackle to run into trouble when it comes to demonstrating that he’s ready to go. Two years ago, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin keep Casey Hampton out of practice for an extended stretch because of the extent to which subcutaneous fat was stretching his skin.

    Casey Hampton is a Pro Bowler that got the franchise tag!

  • RaiderRockstar

    coherent answer? from me?

    LOL!

    forgot who you were talking to I guess …

    I’m allergic to lucid comments, but this blog is a great cure for boredom during a slow workday in Podunk

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    aig Says:
    July 27th, 2010 at 10:18 am
    Turdell played very well for us the year before his contract extension. It was after getting his contract that he admitted he was out of shape and went down hill from there.

    Back to Cody, tell me how he’s going to contribute when he’s not even fit to practice? Still waiting for a coherent answer.

    +++++++++++++++++

    Once again the Raiders’ fail to recognize how a player’s personality will affect their performance or the team’s chemistry…D. Russell, J. Russell, Turd, C. Woodson, D. Hall etc etc etc.

    Al…time to put some stock in psychiatric analysis of these players before you draft them or give them huge contracts.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Did anyone else find it interesting that Campbell brought up DHB in his Q&A rather than any other O player. Who knows how DHB will play this year but that does sound like good news.

  • bcz24

    Mt Cody will be all right in Baltimore. There is enough leadership from top to bottom there to get him on track and keep him there much like Casey Hampton… I am certain Cody would have failed in Oakland… Much like Jamarcus

  • RaiderRockstar

    BCZ: John Henderon, Richard Seymour, Rolando McCain, Nnamdi Asomugha

    this team still lacks leadership on D ???

  • bcz24

    I was more referring to the past but… McClain is a hopeful for leadership, not proven, Seymour may not even be here next year, who knows if Henderson will even make it through camp, there are still a lot of people that say he is done, and Nnamdi is a hell of a guy on and off the field but what kind of leadership has he REALLY shown in the last 7 years? Could he really reign in a 400 pounder? Just saying, these guys are not Ray Lewis, or Haloti Ngata or Mike Tomlin or Farrior or Harrison…

  • M Lonetree

    Fat is fat,
    I want my baby backs,
    It’s grey it’s grey,
    The lard I ate today,

    Oh, What can I do?,
    ’cause I-I-I-I-I,
    I’m feelin’ screwed

    anthem of Mt Cody

    (with apologies to Los Bravos)

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