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

By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 30th, 2013 at 3:51 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • rifflicks

    teams looking for WR or QB

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    BWAHAHAHA

  • SilverNBlackPA

    He said he’s thinking about it last I heard

  • Theghostronin79

    Yeah, that’s true…..I heard the comparison to Locker….Probably not that far off. What did Jake go? like 8 or something?

  • william banks

    I like that but,if we get Murphy then we MUST take the best available Offensive Lineman with our next selection.

  • dplunk

    Ok I gotcha.

  • willy91137

    John D andfill him . prior playing better in the last quarter of the Denver game he was dropping back sliding up in the pocket and making more than one read somebody’s been harping at him

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

    I think right now it is clear cut that Teddy and Manziel are the two best QB prospects. Next up in the mix is Murray, McCarron, Carr, Bortles, Hundley.
    AJ and Carr have the opportunity to shine in the Senior Bowl, and I am sure Bortles and Hundley will light up the combine. Murray won’t do anything prob recovering from injury.
    So Teddy and Manziel have the film and the lead in the clubhouse, but the perceived gap will get smaller as the underwear Olympics takes form.

  • SnBG

    Good morning nation. I understand why many fear taking a QB in the fifst round. All the reasons why not to have been posted hear. I say, don’t be afraid . Without a good QB you cannot in almost every case go to the SB let alone make the playoff.

  • plunkhead

    Good point that’s why we decided to aqquire Cutler and trade back in the first

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Good take.

    If the Rams really are open for business at #2…you’re guaranteed whichever of Bridgewater or Manziel that Texas doesn’t take……….if I were Reggie, it’d be something I’d be HEAVILY considering

    That said I wouldn’t do an RGIII type deal for them (what was that, 3 1sts and a couple mid rounds?)

  • plunkhead

    We will settle for Sammy at 5 if no trades turn up

  • william banks

    Without a Dominate Offensive Line you can’t win a Super Bowl no matter who the QB is.

  • SnBG

    The top 3 QBs in the draft are Teddy, Johnny and Derek. Most likely they will all be gone by the 10 pick. SI mock has us taking Carr at 5 if Manziel doesn’t come out. I think we could be very lucky and have Manziel fall right in our lap. We should take him if that happens.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    WE HAVE TO TRADE UP FOR MANZIEL, AND WE SHOULD.

  • SnBG

    I just don’t see Cutler leaving Chitown.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Thomas does not think the Rams will use one of their 2014 first-round picks on a quarterback. Sam Bradford is under contract through the 2015 season (2 more years) and played pretty well before injury

  • SilverNBlackPA

    “that Texas doesn’t take”

    That the TEXANS don’t take.

    Yeesh. More coffee.

  • william banks

    That’s a terrible point.Thats why our RAIDERS of today don’t win because they think the wrong way.

  • dplunk

    NO..for GOD’s sake don’t mortgage the future for Manziel..drafting him at # 5 would be risky enough!,

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

    Here are your playoff QB’s:
    Chiefs – #1 overall
    Colts – #1 overall
    Panthers – #1 overall
    Broncos – #1 overall
    Packers -1st round pick
    Chargers – 1st round pick
    Bengals -2nd round pick
    49ers – 2nd round pick
    Saints – 2nd round pick
    Eagles – 3rd round pick
    Seahwaks – 3rd round pick
    Patriots – 6th round pick (Brady the all-time outlier)
    Half of them have 1st round picks at QB, 75% 1st or 2nd round picks.
    And this holds true damn near every year.
    No UDFA’s. No sup pick guys.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Somewhere in the 8-12 range I believe, yes

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

    RAvens O-line is one of the worst in the NFL, and they won it all. Steelers won with a crappy O-line, as did the Packers.
    Giants O-line was pretty good, but far from dominant.
    QB-D-line-pass catchers-HC
    4 most important positions

  • SilverNBlackPA

    We’re going to have to disagree here. I find very little about Manziel to dislike.

  • FJTBONE

    If that happens, you draft Sammy Watkins and then go for the highest rated QB in Round Two. Then, go free agency for a D-liner.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    plunk: Jay Cutler & Sammy Watkins? i like you again. our last Clemson WR (Ford) was junk though and SW has a history of controlled substances – Eek! is he a prima donna like Dez Bryant?

  • FJTBONE

    However … Dez is a gamer!

  • william banks

    Yeah maybe so but,the QB that wins the Super Bowl has the BEST Offensive Line period.

  • dplunk

    “Little” is the operative word for me.

  • FJTBONE

    Remember also – Ford was only a fourth rounder

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    the Dolphins GM is going to ask Sammy Watkins if his mother is a prostitute … like he did Bryant, lol

  • SnBG

    Nice post, you can say that if Breese was drafted today he would be a first rounder as he was taken 32nd before the first round changed to 32 picks

  • plunkhead

    Cutler is the quickest easiest path to a winning season. I like JF but cutler, Sammy, another O lineman, A De, maybe that island dude from TB

  • FJTBONE

    Just say no to Cutler

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    CUTLER WOULD BE A DISASTER

  • SnBG

    Walterfootball says at 5

    Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    Oakland has to hope it can keep offensive coordinator Greg Olson this offseason instead of him taking a head coaching job somewhere else. He did a great job making Josh Freeman look like a potential franchise quarterback in Tampa, and in 10 games, Olson got Blaine Gabbert to complete almost 60 percent of his passes with more touchdowns than interceptions. Olson has worked continued to work wonders this time with Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, but their passing (McGloin) and mental (Pryor) limitations could be too big to overcome. Oakland cannot turn down a potential franchise quarterback.

  • plunkhead

    If you say so but I did not give out the down vote

  • FJTBONE

    Used to be that way, back in the day …not any more

  • william banks

    No way my man you’re just saying anything.Ask the running backs of those teams and they will tell you that if not for those guys UP FRONT we wouldn’t have won.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    LOL DONT CARE ABOUT VOTES. BUT CUTLER IS AN INT MACHINE. HE ALSO IS VERY UP/DOWN EMOTIONALLY. PUTS HIS HEAD DOWN WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH

  • rifflicks

    What a CROCK

  • hwnrdr

    An Island dude? Sorry…which one? I don’t know Tampa players except for Gholdson and VJax

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Jay Cutler is 30 years old now. married with 2 kids. he’s matured. this dude is not the same jackazz we remember who played for the Broncos in 2008

  • dplunk

    ha,ha,ha I have to agree

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    IT’S TOO SHORT-SIGHTED A VIEW. WE NEED TO DRAFT OUR FUTURE AND BUILD AROUND THEM. THAT’S JOHNNY

  • 0tt0

    yeah…but a great OL and crappy qb gets you nowhere

  • FJTBONE

    Doesn’t matter – the cost will be too high. We can’t keep giving up first round picks

  • FJTBONE

    Sorry, erroneous reply. Cutler is a free agent

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    i’m giving Jay a 2-year $20 million contract. then drafting a few pass rushing beasts in rounds 1 & 2. call that a solid offseason.

  • SnBG

    Cutler is intriguing but temperamental and a bit injury prone. Olson could work with him but I don’t see him leaving Chicago. He has a great relationship with Trestman. They have been retooling the O line and Cutler is having one of his best seasons. Chicago will pay the man.