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Raiders don’t tag Veldheer or Houston

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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

  • Rico Stifler

    With all I know about Derek Carr, I still kind out new things about him. Like, did you know that he has Raider blood in his veins? Yup, he’d be a legacy cuz his uncle played for the Raiders.

    http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2014/2/10/5398802/derek-carr-bloodlines-run-black-and-silver-oakland-raiders

  • EMRaiders

    But it can be done.

  • spiff

    more like Monroe , Veld’s , Albert…..

  • Rico Stifler

    Better run DE than pass DE. Plus, i think he is more suited as a 3 tech than a DE.

  • Howard Benner

    All the above TE’s you listed played all three downs. Graham is woefully inadequate in that regard. .he is a less than mediocre blocker. . ..he also might have to be paid as a WR. . .

    The Raiders surrendered two #!’s for Seymour. . .a #1 & a #2 for Palmer. . .

    This is the part of my logic that is escaping you. . .the Raiders have to refrain from relinquishing two talented players they can develop for a player that comes in overpaid, effecting the sal cap & becomes the only game in town. TE is not the position the Raiders need to address; it’s both lines. . .sacrificing a high #1 this year & potentially a hign #1 next year, plus the sal cap hit is way too costly for a one way player. . .when he slows down (he battled through foot injuries late in the season & disappeared against Seattle, who applied physicality to neutralize him) he will lose his effectivity & when the Raiders release him he will again adversely effect the sal cap.

    Just say no. . .I would rather draft Eric Ebron, who as a college junior is universally acclaimed as a better run blocker than Graham. . .read that on BSPN yesterday. . .

  • Rico Stifler

    I’d go Veld, Monroe then Albert

  • BigBenRexor

    That’s because watching the QB running for his life and then getting crushed was the norm, that’s why no one noticed how bad it was without JV.

    Maybe Houston could get more sacks if he wasn’t playing out of position on an already p!$$poor line?

  • 24

    Dude seriously? These guys all over the league say whatever they need to say. Everyone is a politician. Stop looking for these guys to live up to every word they say. It’s like you’re taking it personal…I don’t.

  • Dakota

    Well, how would they know if the Raiders are not even talking to them…or at least Veldheer according to reports?

    Sure, the agents could be asking for $13 million per….then they have to kick rocks. But I think we would have heard about that by now.

  • Dakota

    It is still George Bush’s fault….

  • NYCRaider

    if RM doesnt sign one of Velds, Monroe, or Albert will you be disappointed in him?

  • 24

    We won’t know until free agency so everyone can just relax until the truth comes out. We saw guys like Desmond Bryant and Philip Wheeler leave on some big contracts last year. That could happen with these guys considering they’re even better than those guys. We shouldn’t overpay but we’ll find out what they’re commanding.

  • kenchun24

    Yup…I have always thought the Raids staff have been playing Houston at the wrong position (DE over 3 tech DT).

  • BigBenRexor

    Can’t use getting priced out as an excuse this year. We can’t afford to lose good players for not being “That good”

  • 24

    Isn’t it?

  • Dakota

    How could we not? It would mean he either thinks his boy Watson can play LT, or he is going to use the #5 pick on Robinson or Matthews…..which would be dangerous or treading water, respectively.

  • Rico Stifler

    When we drafted him, I figured he’d be a DT based off his size and speed.

  • EMRaiders

    I agree with ur point of not overspending for them, we dont really know what is going on behind close doors, so if they are asking for way more than they are worth, its good to not move on them, but if they are asking for a fair deal, and rm is trying to low ball them, that is just dumb.

    You gotta keep in mind, for every starter we lose, thats just one more hole we have to fill on a team already looking like swiss cheese.

  • Gdog

    Letting Bryant go forced us to start a HORRIBLE Hunter all season. There are consequences to letting proven players walk. You seem to gloss over this.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Rico Retardo, I’m nominating you for Junior Blog Detective

  • Dakota

    I’d rather see a no-impact guy like Houston walk than overpay to keep him.

  • 24

    Pryor was running for his life because that’s how he plays. McGloin proved you can stand in that pocket. There’s also no guarantee that Houston is a great DT.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Yes.

  • NYCRaider

    i agree but in here some praise RM for waking up in the morning

  • Rico Stifler

    Even if drafting Matthews/Robinson would be much cheaper than signing a FA LT.

  • 24

    Based on Brisiel’s contract, I highly doubt he’s “lowballed” them.

  • Dakota

    Did you see the season Bryant had? Limited production and then a serious injury….thank god we missed that bullet right?

  • Howard Benner

    A guy that never apppeared in a game for he Raiders? And in one for the 40whiners? That’s a negative double whammy. . .

    Not like his daddy was a ferocious undersized safety or his uncle was a perennial all pro guard, is it?

    Really, with that in mind I wouldn’t have even mentioned that. . .

    That’s really stretching it. If that is Carr’s legacy, just one more reason for me to prefer Bortles. . .who excels in Carr’s main areas of deficiency; pocke awareness & under the glare of the pass rush. . .

  • Rico Stifler

    I wouldn’t call him a no-impact player. but I think he’d be a bigger impact at DT vs DE.

  • Howard Benner

    I agree. . .

  • NYCRaider

    dont you then have to factor in the opportunity cost of using the 5th pick to try to replace something you already had on your 4-12 team that your supposed to upgrade

  • Rico Stifler

    May not have been a Raider great, but a Raider nonetheless. lol

  • Gdog

    You must have skipped the KC game with Hali wheeling around Barnes like he wasn’t even there… or you don’t know much about football.

    Which is it?

    That was kind of a season changing game and Barnes face-planted as usual.

    Edit: In contrast Veldi in the second matchup vs KC didn’t give up a sack or a hurry.

  • 24

    I remember when it was dangerous to draft Veldheer with a 2nd round pick.

  • 24

    Well that is true…have you heard him breathe?

  • Dakota

    He was a 3rd round pick.

  • kuhlest

    Time to open the check book for the following players….stop messing around!!!

    FS-J. Byrd- 5yr/35 mil

    CB-A. Verner- 4 yr/32 mil

    LT- Veldy/Albert- 5 yr/50 million

    C-Mack- 6 yr/45 million

    get it done!

  • Howard Benner

    Then you risk paying him $12 mil this year & then ask him to take less a year in a long term deal. . .

  • Howard Benner

    That’s the tact the Panthers are taking with Kraken. . .

  • 24

    If he’s not that good, he should be easy to replace with ANYBODY!!!

  • Rico Stifler

    Yeah, I was gonna post that it’d also be akin to wasting a 5th pick…

  • BigBenRexor

    Houston makes an impact, just not as big as you’d like, but he’s the only one on our defense that does. I’d rather overpay him to improve the team, than try to replace him with someone of lesser talent because of price

  • Dakota

    The media would have you believe so.

  • JV.

    Mack got tagged….

    Another move that was smart by a competent GM.

  • 24

    We had plenty of our own injuries to make up for it.

  • Rico Stifler

    While not franchised, we’d still have to compete with the Browns to sign Mack now that they have used the Transition tag on him.

  • Dakota

    I can’t think of a big 3rd down sack that the guy had in all of his time here.

  • BigBenRexor

    McGloin only proved you can stand in the pocket for 2 sec and heave the ball blindly into the secondary before getting crushed.

  • 24

    I don’t know much about football then…why are we talking?

  • Howard Benner

    He had five sacks as the base end, his best position in 2012. He needs to play there & contribute 6 to 8 sacks there; hardly a glowing review for a (in Houston & his agent’s eyes) “marquee” FA DE. . .