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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

  • 24

    I’m cool with it lol

  • Twinkie defense

    Reggie McKenzie is always talking about the way to build up a team being through the draft. His drafts have not been so great. And now if we are going to see more of our better young players not get re-signed… well you have to really question whether the new regime knows what the heck it is doing.

  • BigBenRexor

    That’s because all games over his career are a mind numbing blur created by identical loss after Identical loss. But I remember him forcing and recovering a fumble by Kyle Orton at the mere sight of #99

  • 24

    The GREAT Kyle Orton to you sir!

  • Gdog

    Just explain the 8 QB hurries and 2 hits vs KC if you think Barnes can replace Veldy at LT.

    30 hurries at LT for the frigging season.

  • Dakota

    So three years ago?

  • RaiderDirt

    Swop Mack for a pass rusher or two and we have a deal..

    One Nation

  • Howard Benner

    Have to spend 89% of it. That means the Raiders have to spend about $59.63 mil, counting money allocated for draft picks. . .

  • BigBenRexor

    He was a 3-4 DE who had the same stats as our 4-3 3Tech

  • Rico Stifler

    With the Transition tag, not the franchise tag. The transition tag only gives the Browns a chance to match whatever deal Mack signs with another team and the Browns get no comp if they decline to match.

  • 24

    I’m not trying to say that Barnes is better but aside from one game…he did pretty good but I think coaching plays a huge role in that and it doesn’t help with each position is a revolving door, replaced by another revolving door. We need a solid 5 guys for sure.

  • EMRaiders

    And that would still leave about 30 mill in cap space.

  • Dakota

    At least they can choose to keep their player.

  • Rico Stifler

    IF they are willing to pay.

  • Dakota

    Well, if no one signs him they are on the hook for nearly $11 million for next year….if they can afford that cap hit, then they can probably afford to match most offers.

  • 24

    Or that too…

  • Rico Stifler

    True

  • Twinkie defense

    Oh man, the O-line was in shambles early in the season – Pryor running for his life, Matt Flynn turning it over what, five times in one game?

    I want to keep guys like Veldheer and Houston, PLUS have more quality depth and competition across both lines.

    Games are won or lost at the line of scrimmage, seems to me.

  • EMRaiders

    ^^^^
    This

  • 24

    Love the name.

  • spiff

    veldheer will get signed. we should let him test the market. if he’s upset shame on him. he missed the season. lets gauge , see his value then pay him. he said he wants to stay so we will see.no need for alarm. anyway all this 100proof vodka has taking it’s toll time to pass-out, peace out nation……………..

  • Gdog

    He was still better than Hunter by a long shot. You still don’t get it do you? Now we are STILL trying to replace him with Sims and Walker ready to bolt.

  • BigBenRexor

    Well you’re asking for a specific moment in a blurr of 8 wins and 24 losses. Not a single positive moment from any of that stands out. That game where Orton fumbled stands out to me because that was during the Mile High Massacare, a great moment in Raider Nation History.

  • 24

    We don’t have any pass rushers =/

  • SaintKaufman

    Agreed.

  • 24

    You and I both know that most of the players signed were band aids with the money we had.

  • BigBenRexor

    I’ve got a good question for you, when is the last time we’ve had an important 3rd down? We’re usually getting blown out by the 2nd Quarter.

  • 24

    Ah man…I just learned that Houston and I share the same birthday. Make it rain Reggie! Show him the money!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Woodson as a backup, not a starter.

  • Gdog

    We found money for the one-and-done Woodson.

    Now we have to pony up Bryant type money this year too… actually three times over if Houston, Walker, and Sims bolt.

  • 24

    Well that’s just depressing.

  • SaintKaufman

    That was a TD too. Houston got robbed but we scored anyways.

  • BigBenRexor

    By letting him test the market, you risk raising his price or losing him to a contender. If that happens then consider this year 3 of the deconstruction because the Magic Pool of FA’s we were all counting on already got smaller, and will pobably continue to shrink when FA opens.

  • BigBenRexor

    It has been.

  • RaiderDirt

    Exactly…. Swop out (Replace) Mack from your list for a pass rusher or two… Then a deal u would have.

    One Nation

  • Blackholepriest

    This is the kind of crap folks just don’t get. We’re supposed to be building not replacing players we already have. I thought that was the reason we waited to get this far under the cap. If we’re just going to replace players with cheaper ones. It’s going to take forever to build this thing.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Unless we can sign J. Allen for 5.

    Draft Robinson or Matthews for only 4.

  • RaiderTruth

    once again. I like Jared, but you cant compare a player in the top of his position/Pro Bowler to Jared Valdeer. Making a big leap there.

  • SnBG

    Peters is a 6 time probowler. Hulk was injured and has never been to a PB.

  • SaintKaufman

    It should be a good bit of fun in here if both are signed by 3/11. That’ll be something.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I think there is probably a gentleman’s agreement with Veld: we won’t franchise you and will let you test the market. You have to allow us to match the best offer and if it’s no better than what we’ve already offered you, then you’ll acccept the X we’ve offered you.

  • Veldiman

    That would be great, Saint. As long as people realize that it would be “status quo”. No upgrades, even if the two are signed back, respectively.

  • Blackholepriest

    That’s the excuse these dumbbells use every player we lose. “Well he wasn’t that good anyway”. Lol

  • Gdog

    So if we let Houston walk this year, along with Bryant last year, we need to sign FOUR premier d-linemen yet this year? We have no starters under contract. Zero… Like that will be CHEAP!!

    Thats what happens when you refuse to KEEP your good young line talent.

  • Gdog

    Word is Veldy hasn’t heard anything from the Raiders.

  • Blackholepriest

    How good does a player have to be for us to sign him. When we were 4-12 last year. Yet we snub our collective nose at every player as if we can’t use them……..lol

    Bunch of dumbbells……..period

  • Davy Jones

    Held up fine? Not what I remember.

  • BigBenRexor

    I very much doubt that, why would anyone agree to that. If you let him test the market, he’s going to go with the best offer avaliable. Unless it’s Cleveland or Jax, no way he’d take a matched offer, if it’s a contender, forget about it, better jump it 20% and that might not even be enough

  • Blackholepriest

    I have been saying thus your two years. We have wasted draft picks trying to replace players we already had. Because they cost money……..lo

  • Blackholepriest

    We’re too good to keep our players they just aren’t good enough……..period