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.