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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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  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Houston already questionned the Raiders system. He’s a single dude with no ties to Oakland. Grew up in Colorado, went to college in Texas

  • W.J

    Pryor is gone. If Freeman comes Mcgloin should ride the pine. But given this teams history with JC and Pryor we will be back to DA’s old tricks.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    GOOD POINT.

  • 504 Raider

    I know this normally doesn’t happen but I can see an NBA type trade between us and St Louis where they pick Manziel and sweat it out a couple picks and we take Watkins then we swap picks and throw in something else to go with it.

    But if Watkins somehow gets taken at 4 either by Cleveland or someone trading up to get him, then we just pick someone else high on Reggie draft board.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    St. Louis will never be in such a great position to draft a franchise QB ever again.
    They have a competitive team, they have the #2 overall draft position;

    they are the Houston Texans without an Andre Johnson.
    They could get Matthews or Robinson in the second round. Their defense is stacked.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    POSSIBLE. BUT RAMS WILL HAVE BROWNS AND VIKINGS KEEN TOO. WILL DRIVE UP PRICE ON #2 THEY’LL JUMP

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    yup. copy & paste from St Louis Disbatch. I live in Missouri, remember? i know more about KC & STL than i’d like to admit.

  • Chino

    Yeah, I think Stewart is a camp cut. I’m not sure what all the hype is about when it comes to Murray. I didn’t see anything special.

  • 504 Raider

    Give him an offer and let him go test the waters. If he doesn’t come back we move on.

  • rifflicks

    you ever changed jobs?
    there is a certain degree of insecurity of completely changing your surroundings and the anxiety of dealing with the unknown.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Definitely

  • dplunk

    I’m not sure the raiders would do that, or if it would make any sense to.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    AGREE. BAD PICK.

  • Chino

    Yup. There are plenty of ends available or in the draft. Best move

  • dplunk

    OK I gotcha..the post made it look as though You Yourself was staking claim

  • Chino

    They want to move on from Bradford and his salary.

  • W.J

    Dilfert, McMahon

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    EXCEPTIONS NOT THE RULE

  • HELLSBELLS

    Wish they would let Woodson walk. Dude is over the hill. Sign Ward or Bryd.

  • 504 Raider

    That scenario would be mostly initiated by St Louis. I really think Reggie will stand pat and wait to see what falls to #5.

  • Breaking_Black

    I don’t think we’re getting a QB worth it at #5.
    Draft defense then get best available QB in round 2.

  • W.J

    Hell, a Quinn Clowney 1-2 punch would be just as devastating as Watt and Clowney duo. They still have room to trade down with their 2nd 1st round pick. St. Louis is in a great position this year.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Chino: the Rams are sticking with Bradford. you’re wrong. write that down.

  • HELLSBELLS

    The question is who will be there. Murray or maybe Boyd? Man I hope Manziel slides a little.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    SIGN OF DYSFUNCTION THAT WE’RE STILL UNSURE OF ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE (MD WOOING GRUDEN), HASNT GUARANTEED DA, RM, STILL HAVENT EVEN MET, WHILE OTHER TEAMS ARE SIGNING THEIR FAS, AND ALREADY HIRED/FIRED THEIR NEW COACHES

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Raiders and Rams need to make a deal.

    Raiders NEED a franchise QB and the Rams have the pick where they can get one.

    Rams need a WR and there’s going to be several damn good ones still available at #5 overall (including Watkins most likely)

  • W.J

    Picking Manziel as a first, for the Raiders, is a disaster waiting to happen. He will go the way of just about every QB we have drafted. Straight into the toilet. If we must pick up a QB get a FA. A proven commodity. There are way too many question marks surrounding all these qb’s especially Manziel. Hayden and Watson provided enough gambling to last the next 4 years. Go with smart high percentage picks.

  • dplunk

    I just hope Reg drafts someone that DA’s completely on board with..the Worst thing that could happen to Raiders is to draft someone that Da didn’t really want. Not that DA, or Reg really knows what the hell is good for this team.

  • Chino

    I wrote it down. Now we wait.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    RESPECT YOUR OPINION, BUT I DISAGREE (AND I AM NOT A MANZIEL FAN). I THINK HE’S A GAME-CHANGER.

  • hwnrdr

    Swap pick #2 and #5? For which QB though?

  • Breaking_Black

    What about Murray in the 3rd?

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    CERTAINLY A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE. MURRAY WOULD HAVE TO BE THAT 2ND ROUND QB.

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    2ND. HE’LL DEFINITELY RISE THRU THE COMBINE, PRO-DAY ETC.

  • Mike_Trail

    Ill see you at the Lambs Game then in STL next season!

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    what would it take to move up 3 spots? I wish they would accept Pryor & Branch!! probably looking at a 2nd or 3rd rounder, at the very least

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    why are you guys willing to settle for a lesser QB? didn’t we try that last draft? dude didn’t even make the team!

  • william banks

    We don’t need a Franchise QB,we need an Offensive Line

  • W.J

    “Hell even Peyton Manning is running the pistol now.”

    I just had to laugh. Mistic definitely nailed that one.

  • W.J

    I agree. Draft a FA QB. A proven commodity.

  • Rico Stifler

    No he won’t cuz he will still be rehabbing his knee by then….

  • Rico Stifler

    Cutler got a 7 year deal from the Bears. I figured as much. However, they also signed two players I was keeping an eye on, CB Tim Jennings and OG Matt Slauson.

  • william banks

    Matthews,Clowney,or Hundley if he decides to come out.No qbs this year.

  • Rico Stifler

    Like when AL drafted Russell when Kiffin wanted Mega?

  • http://wix.com/ggeden/ggeden GG

    WE HAVE A LT AND RT

  • Chino

    @AdamSchefter: Extension for Lions QB Matthew Stafford came in at $17.6 million per year avg. Bears QB Jay Cutler’s 7-yr deal figures to be slightly north.
    So dumb.

  • Rico Stifler

    I agree. If we draft OL at all, it’d be OC or LG.

    I am still hoping to sign Mack in FA and the draft OG in the mid rounds for depth and maybe as Brisisel’s replacement when his contract expires.

  • dplunk

    To me the thought of mortgaging our future to move up to draft Manziel (Doug Flutie on steriods) would be absolute nonsense

  • W.J

    Exactly.

  • william banks

    Matthews at LT and Jared V.at LG that will be the start of an Dominate Offensive Line.