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Allen interested in Raiders re-signing some of team’s prospective free agents

The Raiders have 17 unrestricted free agents. Coach Dennis Allen on Monday in his year-end news conference that re-signing some of those players figures to be critical in the Raiders stability for next season and beyond.
Allen mentioned defensive end Lamarr Houston, offensive tackle Jared Veldheer and safety Charles Woodson as free agents he is interested in the Raiders bringing back.
Here’s a complete list of the unrestricted free agents:
Offense — wide receiver Jacoby Ford, Veldheer, running back Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings, offensive linemen Khalif Barnes, Tony Pashos and Andre Gurode and tight end Jeron Mastrud.
Defense — defensive ends Houston and Jason Hunter, defensive tackles Vance Walker, Pat Sims and Daniel Muir, safeties Woodson and Usama Young, and cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Mike Jenkins.
Houston said after Sunday’s game that it’s “very possible” that he had played his final game with the Raiders and that he wasn’t sure if the Raiders wanted him back.
Here’s his words verbatim.
“I believe that Dennis Allen and the Raiders might be looking to move on and have me go to another team or move on and find something more what they want for their system and their scheme,” Houston said. “Who knows? It’s a rough business and nothing’s guaranteed and everything changes from day to day.”
Later that day, Houston took to Twitter to change his tune.
“I would love to b back in Oakland if they will take me. Best fans in the league … u listen to the media, u a fool.”
Maybe the media can jog Houston’s memory by playing back a tape from the interview in question. The fools in the media would be glad to play back the tape recording, and they were prepared to do so Monday, though Houston didn’t come into the locker room during media access.
Allen addressed the issue Monday.
“I did see that quote, and that’s not the case,” Allen said in reference to Houston saying Allen might not want Houston back. “Obviously I sat down with Lamarr today and had a nice discussion with him. We’d love to have him back. We think he fits our system and what we’re trying to do and we think he’s a guy that we can build with.”

– Allen fired four assistant coaches on the day after the regular-season finale last season. He kept his staff intact this season, and it sounds as if that’s the approach he’s taking for the long-term.
“I don’t anticipate a lot of changes,” Allen said. “We’ll see what happens over the next few days and, obviously, there are a lot of discussions that have to be made. So, it’s probably not the right time to be able to make any type of comments on that, but I’m not looking to make a lot of changes.”

– Allen on Monday met with almost every player on his roster before the players departed the facility for the final time this season. During the team and individual meetings, Allen delivered a straightforward message.
“I said that I don’t plan on going anywhere, I plan on being here,” Allen said. “I talked about, we got 113 days between now and the start of the offseason program and we need to make sure that we have a good plan for what we’re gonna do over these next 113 days.
“I talked to all of them from a free agency standpoint about making sure we keep open lines of communication going. If they have any questions or concerns, they need to make sure that they contact me, and I can give them the right answers. And I told them to make sure they do things the right way off the field. The time to have your name in the paper is during the season, not during the offseason. So, make sure that you do the right things and you stay out of trouble.”

– The Raiders came within six points of setting a franchise record for most points allowed in a season. In particular, the defense struggled down the stretch.
Allen said the Raiders need to improve on third-down efficiency and red-zone defense, for sure.
“We have to do a better job with execution,” Allen said. “Obviously, guys are trying to do things the right way, so we have to look at ourselves. And there’s probably some things that we have to be able to teach better, to clean some things up for them, to make some things easier for them.
“There were times in the second half of the year where the field position got out of hand. Now what we’ve got to be able to do is eliminate the touchdowns and make them have to kick field goals.”

– Cornerback D.J. Hayden said he is recovering well from the groin surgery that ended his rookie season. He now is working toward getting stronger and making the most of a whole offseason, which he didn’t have last season.
The Raiders are counting upon Hayden, their 2013 first-round draft pick, to develop into a top-tier player and linchpin of their defense. Hayden had an up-and-down rookie season before he suffered a groin injury.
Hayden is focused on finding ways to help the Raiders get back to their winning ways and not about validating the Raiders taking him with the 12th pick.
“Something to prove? Man, we just got to win,” Hayden said. “That’s all we got to do. That’s the way to prove to Raiders fans, make them happy, get this organization back to where it was. We just got to win.”

– The Raiders signed the following six players from their practice squad to what is known as futures contracts: OL Jack Cornell, WR Jared Green, TE Brian Leonhardt, defensive end Chris McCoy, linebacker Eric Harper and cornerback Johnny Adams.

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  • turf toe

    The two dollars for Hayden is generous.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I am not sure either will be honestly.

  • turf toe

    I can.

  • dplunk

    interesting analysis, but I think MD wants Reg to be the Demo man, as well as the Contractor, with DA as the lead foreman

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Cable: the Jets & Giants suck … until they play against the Raiders – then they are world beaters

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Bortles was very impressive yesterday in the 2nd half, looks the part and has great size/attributes.
    Didn’t look that great in the 1st half at all. Has accuracy issues at times.
    And for all the hatred Manziel was getting for never being under center, Bortles didn’t take one snap that I saw from outside of shotgun either.
    Which really isn’t a big deal, IMO. The pocket is the pocket, whether from shotgun or under center.
    Eagles go almost exclusively out of shotgun. And they lead the NFL In rushing. New NFL

  • turf toe

    That is what scares me.
    And clowns.
    Spiders…not so much.

  • Chino

    Garrett gilbert

  • hwnrdr

    Sad but true!

  • hwnrdr

    Manziel did that one rush, turned around, ran back then pass for more yardage…lol…Exciting but will it transalate to the NFL. That is the only thing that scares me!

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    The problem with Manziel is that ESPN only shows those stupid plays as highlights that absolutely won’t translate to the NFL. He threw 37 other passes, many from the pocket, scanning the field, in the rhythm of the offense.

  • Chino

    I haven’t heard about that and yeah, Trent Murphy and shayne skov. My favorite at their positions. Any one of them would do fine.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    LIKED THIS TAKE BY SOMEONE ON ANOTHER BOARD….

    So… Bortles is a top 5 pick? Seriously?

    If you want a QB who will run 100 yards once a year and who can look a million bucks throwing screen passes… well, Michael Vick is available. And won’t send your franchise back by costing you a top 5 pick.

  • hwnrdr

    Yeah he looked good in the game. I turned it on in the 2nd qtr when they were getting their butts kicked!

  • dplunk

    see CG that is my biggest fear of drafting a QB other than Bridgewater at #5. when you miss out on a QB that high it hurts for years to come

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Top 5 overall pick QB’s draft since the Raiders returned to Oakland, 18 years ago ***
    1995: Steve McNair & Kerry Collins
    1998: Peyton Manning & Ryan Leaf
    1999: Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb & Akili Smith
    2001: Michael Vick
    2002: David Carr & Joey Harrington
    2003: Carson Palmer
    2004: Eli Manning & Philip Rivers
    2005: Alex Smith
    2006: Vince Young
    2007: JaMarcus Russell
    2008: Matt Ryan
    2009: Matthew Stafford & Mark Sanchez
    2010: Sam Bradford
    2011: Cam Newton
    2012: Andrew Luck & Robert Griffin III

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    MANZIEL IS AN EXCEPTION
    BRIDGEWATER TOO.

    OTHERWISE….MURRAY, GAROPPOLO, REES, HUNDLEY, AND MATTHEWS, AND MAYBE EVEN DREW ALLEN, ARE THE BEST QBS OUT THERE. LOOKING INTO MY CRYSTAL BALL

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Since Jamarcus, 6 of the 7 QB’d playoff games, after taking over horrendous teams.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    about 14 of 23 QB’s will be studs. 1 or 2 will be average. 7 or 8 will be complete busts that set your franchise back for YEARS to come

  • rifflicks

    too bad the Fullback for UCF is only a Freshman….he looked like a bulldozer…..especially in the redzone.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Reggie scares me with his QB eval skills, or lack thereof. I’m afraid he’ll draft the Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith of 2014

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Too bad NFL teams don’t use a FB like that, and just use a DT or LB as a FB in goalline situations.
    Leading NFL rushing team, the Eagles, go shotgun almost exclusively. TE as the FB if need be.

  • willy91137

    Really will have some quarterbacks on his board if they fall to him he will take them we may not draft one until second or third round or we might get one in free agency I would get a impact defensive lineman with my first pick

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    IF YOU SAY “EAGLES” AND “SHOTGUN” ONE MORE TIME, I SWEAR IM GONNA

  • willy91137

    anybody that can a pick quarterback in the high rounds to save your franchise and got less than a 50-50 chance of succeeding

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    It’s the NFL man and especially college.
    Whether we draft Teddy, Bortles or Manziel, these kids are in shotgun anywhere from 60 to damn near 100% of the time. There isn’t much I formation play action going on these days.
    Hell even Peyton Manning is running the pistol now.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    OH I AGREE WITH YOU. THO THE PRO-STYLE WONT EVER BE REDUNDANT

  • dplunk

    that’s what I say Barr, or the LB from Buffalo..and if the Bills really want that LB from Buffalo I say make them pay a nice ransom for him.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Also, not just Reggie’s QB buffoonery … but I don’t think guys like Greg Olson/John DeFilippo/Al Saunders are up to the task of grooming a FRANCHISE qb. They have shown zero ability to do so, in their NFL careers. Might have to wait until we get a bright offensive mind to draft a QB keeper. I’m leaning towards throwing FA money at Jay Cutler. a vet who already knows what he’s doing. Back the Brinks truck up to his front door on opening day of FA in March

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Nightmare scenario for me…the top 4 goes Bridgewater, Clowney, Manziel, Bortles. Then what do we do at 5? Trade back? Scrap the Menelik Watson experiment and take Jake Matthews? Roll the dice on a tweener like Barr?

  • dplunk

    post of the New Year, so far!!

  • rifflicks

    I USE ALL CAPS BECAUSE WHAT I HAVE TO SAY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYBODY ELSE AND I DEMAND THE ATTENTION

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I do think Reggie will be very tempted to get a vet QB in here to hopefully win ASAP and save his own bacon.
    Which of course, probably won’t be the best thing long-term for the organization, but that is par for the course for the McKenzie/Markie braintrust.

  • william banks

    The Raiders won Super Bowls with Dominate Offensive and Defensive Lines.QBS for those teams weren’t Hall of Fame QBS but,the team around those QBS were Dominate.NO MORE QB TALK until our Offensive Line is Dominate.It’s the only way.

  • rifflicks

    trade down to the 10 to 12th and take Murphy and with the extra pick you take Aaron Murray

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    I would rather have Barr in that situation, or even better Watkins. I think Matthews will be a solid pro, but he doesn’t strike me as special. He isn’t as dominant as Joeckel was in college.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Tafur hasn’t come straight out and say so but he’s heavily implied several times Reggie is going to beat a path straight to Josh Freeman’s door when free agency starts.

    As a backup/reclamation project, hey sure, why not but if they’re looking at him to be the guy and pass on Manziel or whoever…..yikes. I don’t even like thinking about it

  • Theghostronin79

    I REAAAALY can’t see Bortles going top 5……I just…..Don’t

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    HE’S A CANDIDATE FOR SOMEONE SLIDING IN THE FIRST. CARR TOO. BUT HOPEFULLY JAGS TAKE BORTLES

  • william banks

    If that is the case scenario or the draft then,we got to take Matthews to solidify part of the left side.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Mistic’s vote goes to Hundley at #5 then. did he declare (yet) ??

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    Yup, read that from him as well. He did say this year that Freeman had a choice of Oakland or Minny this season and choose Minny. So we apparently made an offer.

  • dplunk

    who’s Murphy?

  • rifflicks

    Trent Murphy….lead the NCAA in sacks

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    If that happens, who would teams be trading up for?
    Teams aren’t going to trade up just because.

  • willy91137

    I would take BortlesA second round but not the first may be will get another camp arm and he will turn out to be Peyton Manning LOL

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Dolphins did!!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    He has the stats and a great bowl performance and is going to blow up the Combine. All the ingredients for some team to become smitten.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    This is a Very Good Plan.

  • https://twitter.com/MimiPeepeechimi Just Fire Baby

    They wanted Jordan apparently. But maybe they just did, lol.