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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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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Elliot

    I am starting to agree with your assessment. ..He has this year to create magic…now if he goes out and signs Johnson and Collins from cincy I will begin to feel a bit better.

  • LB32

    Wow, CAP wants $18M. Now, that would be over paying for a guy!

  • Dakota

    Who is CAP?

  • The Big Banana

    I hope they’re stupid enough to do it. Trade Harbaugh while you’re at it too.

  • DutchRaid

    Kap…whiners

  • Davy Jones

    You think it will get easier when they are? You don’t think they’ll test the market and find equal or better pay from a contender?

  • LB32

    From the Saints, they tagged him.

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

    Great point! You have Reggie’s way of thinking down!

  • SnBG

    Al the more reason not to tag them at top 5 money.

  • Dakota

    Oh….yeah, I hope they sign him up!

  • rifflicks

    talk about a pitiful, tiny little man….he needs more than a life…..maybe start with a conscience, and top it off with a post 2nd grade education

  • Chino

    Yeah and Trent Edwards is our franchise qb. What a joke. Wipe the sand outta your vgaina

  • JV.

    A guy who is a product of a great team but in reality sucks huge balls??? Yea sounds about right… I hope the whiners do it and the fans can go bandwagon to another team after going one and done the next few years..

  • Heck Legler

    I’m still giving Reg next season before judging, but not gonna be happy if he doesn’t at least re-sign the big fella or bring in a couple of young stud FAs (which is looking less likely).

  • Dakota

    Well, if the cap goes up to $150 million next year like some claim, he might be worth it.

  • SnBG

    Doesn’t get me so riled up or negative like it does you. Chill. I’n my world it’s cocktail hr. I’ll have one on you.

  • BigBenRexor

    We can still sign him, make him a large enough contract to where the Saints can’t match, then we would have to give them TWO 1st round picks or something like that.

  • LB32

    Yea, they were going to do well with Alex Smith anyways.

  • spiff

    my thinking is we are still going to over pay veldheer to keep him. but I don’t see many teams breaking the bank to sign him. chumley is taking a gamble but maybe when all said and done he gives jared more than any other team. interested..

  • LB32

    He’s garbage.

  • Dakota

    If they had brought in Manning they would be going for their third straight SB victory next year.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Shields or Verner

    Byrd and Woodson

    Raiders will have one of the best secondaries in the NFL.

    Ward is similar to Branch so I don’t see us signing TJ.

  • spiff

    I think he wants $ 18.00 a year……..

  • SnBG

    I’m having a beer. Here’s to all of my blog buddies. Everyone of you. You make my life interesting even when we argue.

  • NYCRaider

    what will be interesting is how the RM supporters will now shift their focus to drafting an OL at 5 and trying to say its a huge upgrade to veldheer. guarantee it if we lose veldheer

  • JV.

    Niner fans = chief fans next year…

    “Oh I’m an Alex smith it’s fan soo it’s okay”

  • Dakota

    Woodson is done and is a FS just like Byrd….I don’t like Branch, but would rather see a Byrd/Branch combo, and not just because of their names matching in a weird way….

  • kenchun24

    Manning wanted (and chose) a softer division and conference – AFC is soft/NFC is physical especially the NFC West.

  • LB32

    OK, it was non-exclusive. Who want to give up two 1sts though?

  • JV.

    Woodson wants 5 mill for not being injured and playing all of last year.. Woodson can go to Denver if he pleases. No way we pay for a guy on his last legs.

  • NYCRaider

    I could of sworn RM tagged Branch? selective memory SnBG?

  • kenchun24

    hah!

  • DutchRaid

    Briesel? $1.38M?

  • Howard Benner

    $150 mil in 2016; more like $143 mil in 2015

  • Dakota

    It looks that way now, but not the year Manning left the Colts….the Cards sucked and the Seahawks were coming off a 7-9 season, and the Rams sucked as usual….worst mistake of Manning’s life was not forcing his way to the 49ers….and the worst mistake of Harboughs life was not making that happen.

  • BigBenRexor

    I would, First round picks are just likely to be star players, but not guaranteed. Graham has been a consistent threat. We’ve got the money to make a move like that this year.

  • SnBG

    They haven’t paid him yet.

  • Raider 8

    so THREE YEARS isn’t enough? it’s enough for me. waaaaay more than enough.

  • JV.

    Still wouldn’t be enough for Reggie to pay someone….

  • spiff

    SnBG no disrespect but to quote the great AC/DC…..
    ” HAVE A DRINK ON ME”

  • Davy Jones

    If you are going to give up the two no 1s, I favor Hardy. More pass catchers than pass rush on this team right now. Big if, though.

  • 24

    Boldin re-signed with the Niners…*sigh*

  • Dakota

    Woodson was luke warm garbage last year. I am done with him….and still bitter about the cancer he was when he was here his first go around.

  • BigBenRexor

    Charles can still be good, he just can’t cover the ground needed at the rate our secondary was getting burned last year. But while everyone else on D was “Flying Around”, Woodson was the only one making tackles.

  • JV.

    He doesn’t have to do much in sf… All he has to do is block and run short comeback routes that kap can hit all day… And take a run to the playoffs… I mean easy.

  • Raider 8

    this is ridiculous. I figured reggie would do NOTHING. just let em walk reg. yeah..you’re a friggin genius.

  • DutchRaid

    Beer? Get with the program…you should be having a nice Cab, bust out the cheese plate…b/c today the beverage of choice is wine.

  • LB32

    Compared to other QBs, he isn’t even close to worth that much. Alex Smith makes 7.5M. He’s not even better than him.

  • spiff

    true dat….. but I would like woodson for depth.

  • Raider 8

    “Had this been a talent-rich organization strapped for salary-cap space, the inaction would be understandable.

    As it is, though, McKenzie has a league-high $65 million to spend and a clear mandate from his owner to start winning and stop making excuses.

    Just entering their primes and still improving, Veldheer and Houston sit firmly inside the top 10 on Around The League’s list of the best 101 free agents this season. McKenzie needs to acquire more players of their ilk rather than setting them free to the highest bidder.”
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    THIS!