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Raiders don’t tag Veldheer or Houston

Despite the most salary cap room in the NFL, the Raiders declined to use the franchise tag Monday on either left tackle Jared Veldheer or defensive end Lamarr Houston.

When the 1 p.m. deadline (PST) came and went, Veldheer and Houston were five days away from being able to negotiate with other teams for their services.;

The Raiders have more than $66 million available under a cap projected at just over $133 million. A one-year tag on Veldheer would have cost the Raiders $11.6 million, while keeping Houston as a franchise player would have cost $13.1 million.

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said following the season he would use the franchise tag if necessary but preferred to work out long-term deals with club wanted in its future.

Although the free agency period begins March 11, agents for players can begin soliciting offers from other teams on Saturday, potentially driving up the price. Players cannot sign during that three-day window, which was instituted by the NFL this season to try and limit tampering.

Veldheer missed the first 12 games of the 2013 season following surgery to repair a torn left triceps. He has stated on numerous occasions he wants to remain with the Raiders and be part of the building process.

Houston, considered a leader by example and a versatile lineman who can play inside and outside, said following the season he thought it might be time to move on but coach Dennis Allen and McKenzie have both said they would like to keep him on the roster.

Despite just six sacks last season, Houston’s market value was enhanced when two coveted defensive ends _Greg Hardy of Carolina and Brian Orakpo of Washington _ were given franchise tags by their teams.

Veldheer was a third-round draft pick out of Division II Hillsdale in 2010 and Houston arrived in the second-round out of Texas that same season.

Other Raiders who are free to negotiate with other teams Saturday if they have not been re-signed include running backs Rashad Jennings and Darren McFadden, defensive tackle Vance Walker, safety Charles Woodson, cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, wide receiver Jacoby Ford, defensive end Jason Hunter, safety Usama Young, cornerback Phillip Adams, tight end Jeron Mastrud, guard-center Andre Gurode, tackle Tony Pashos and defensive tackle Daniel Muir.

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  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    No, they’re not. The deadline for signing them before they can hit the free market is Saturday.

  • rifflicks

    this could be a first for the human race…..a group of Men (for the lack of a better term) menstruating on the same cycle

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I want to send you some youtube links of some great blues music…

  • BigBenRexor

    Question, can we still negotiate with Tagged players? I thought that’s why Al used to us the Exclusive FT, to keep others from making offers?

  • TrojansAndRaiders

    Derek Carr is OK. He has a decent arm, athletically, hes just another guy. I know when he played against my Trojans in the Las Vegas bowl, he looked like sh#t. He had no answer for our D, and definitely did not look like a guy I would want QB’n the Raiders. Hes not getting any team any wins next year, but hey, he may be cool as a 2nd rounder. But lets make this very clear, Derek Carr is in no way, shape, or form a top 10 talent, prospect, or player in this draft, period. If we end up without a top 5 player in the draft for the 2nd straight year, when we had top 5 picks both years, Reggie is either an idiot, or is purposely ruining this team. There is no in between. We need a top 5 player in this draft. And Derek Carr aint one of em.

  • Dakota

    All those screen passes….what a cannon!

  • NYCRaider

    The people who criticize RM are so foolish. Dont you know we will
    1)”Build through the draft”,
    2) “create cap space to keep your our core players”
    3) “not spend the 5 dollars is my pocket”
    As long as you dont demand results , or just always say its about next week, next month, next year that all is good with the RM scholarship fund

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

    None. The whole playoffs, with no running game or defense the last few games and Super Bowl.

  • marks hair

    Hulk has been publicly asking reg to pick up the phone and start negotiations.. but its always free pancake day for Reggie… just too busy to call
    and Houston would resist signing. that’s why we should have transitioned tag him.

  • Chino

    He didnt call the plays. And I those were his audibles then he’s an idiot. Nonetheless he has a cannon

  • 1960AutumnWind

    You have said that before and I wish we would have looked at this before the season in 13. I like the idea of signing Jones like we did and we may want to look into signing Wiz in June or early July.

  • LB32

    It isn’t that shocking, RM and DA, can only see one style. They aren’t able to adapt to players strengths and weaknesses.

  • JV.

    The tag makes them stay here. If they want to test free agency as in move on from the raiders they can now… You don’t have to go back to your old team you know….

  • SaintKaufman

    don’t know how to get it to you without all of my favorite people filling up my inbox with insanity.

  • Chino

    Decent arm? Bortles throws like an old lady next to carr

  • marks hair

    I just wish Jones was half as important as Houston and deer.

  • SaintKaufman

    and you know I love me some blues!

  • Gdog

    I guess if we are going to let most of our best players walk, we sure as hell better be trading down for more first and second round picks! We having gaping holes EVERYWHERE to fill…

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666
  • NYCRaider

    When someone predicted IHOP’s stock would take a dive

  • LB32

    He couldn’t even outgun SJSU. They suck.

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Send me an email

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Come on guys quit taking the bait. he is not taking Carr at 5. He is possible if he drops to 36 or we trade down and end up with a pick in the low 20′s or something.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Make a dedicated gmail acct. That’s what I did.

  • JV.

    Carr is an overrated bum.. Soon to be joining the mccown brothers as back ups with his brother.

  • kenchun24

    Well after his statement from the 2013 draft on how Reggie was taking Hayden at #3 overall regardless of a trade deal…yeah that scares me for this draft as well. It’s like Al never left kind of as far as knowing how to manipulate a draft in your favor per the slotted values and what you do with them – pick player/trade down etc…

  • marks hair

    he’s clearly an idiot

  • marks hair

    Yes..

  • _Mista_

    Right.

    lol

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

    If we bring both back, I will apologize to Reggie.
    Don’t see it happening however.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Here’s an old friend of mine’s blues band:

    http://www.davidshelleyandbluestone.com/

  • Davy Jones

    If you love the blues, gotta check out the new Magic Sam live album. Came out of nowhere. If you don’t know Magic Sam, well dayum you’re in for a treat with any of his albums.

  • 1960AutumnWind

    He pushed for DA to fire Krapp “I teach what I know” and several of his one year deals have over performed as wiell as a few UDFAs and low round picks. He seems to be good on the fringe end to find talent there.

    On the other side the whole Palmer trade and other moves make you want to shake your head.

  • Elliot

    I have been indicating that…got some posters going ballistic on me saying reggie is following green bay model

  • Chino

    Vanderbilt was 11-35 with Cutler under center.

  • marks hair

    Did we have this guy checked for donkey brains?
    how do we know, that Reggie is not a donkey brained man…?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Magic Sam is cool!

  • BigBenRexor

    In that case, would Hardy or Graham be worth making offers above their FT price tag?

  • Dakota

    The Green Bay model? You mean have a superstar QB fall in your lap TWICE and then underachieve with both of them?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    I am going to delete it in a second….

  • Davy Jones

    You’ve got jokes. When you’ve got a signing by our GM, let us know. If it’s any good we’ll all be happy to hear you say you told us so.

  • SaintKaufman

    done

  • 1960AutumnWind

    Me too but Wiz would be important. I just hope he starts being more proactive.

  • SaintKaufman

    On it.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    A unicycle?

  • Chino

    Donkey brained man would’ve hired knapp as head coach

  • marks hair

    no I meant you can negotiate with your own players after franchise tagging them..
    if you place a transition tag on someone anyone can negotiate with them, but you have the right to match the best offer

  • BigBenRexor

    I think Reggie McKenzie was a legit GM prospect. Had an eye for talent and negotiations. Then with the annoucement of his hiring to the Raiders, he was slain by his brother Raliegh in a jealous rage. And Raleigh has been posing as his brother ever since. Have the McKenzie brothers been spotted or photographed together since the Hiring?

  • LB32

    Yeah, they looked real good with Rogers out. Russell didn’t do a lot and still won a SB.

  • rifflicks

    No PMS…
    Pre
    March11
    Signings