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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

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

    2 drafts ZERO play makers. You can get all warm and fuzzy about Watson all you want but Reggie screwed the pooch both drafts.

  • marks hair

    Exactly

  • Alex7

    hmm, you must not follow the team well. And again, what was lost by trading down? Gained a guy who was going to be our starting LT last season if not for the injury, and will likely start or rotate in this year. Still see no downside.

  • Dakota

    One night stand I take Bortle’s GF….she looks like a freak….I’d take the other one home to the parents though.

  • DutchRaid

    Yeah, how about the 2008-2009 draft? Really not the same thing…trade down would have been better, yes? So you think that Reggie sould have taken Hayden at 3 last year?

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

    That makes sense when you step back and look at the bigger picture.

  • Dakota

    How about we see FA start before we claim Reggie is pinching pennies? Like you said, he has to spend.

  • R8erEduc8er

    I see it as “Go out there, see what other teams think you’re worth and I’ll pay a little more.”

  • DutchRaid

    Remember DON’T TRADE DOWN!

  • Dakota

    Did you get a storage unit for all of your dunce caps?

  • Alex7

    pinching pennies would be valid if you saw the #s exchanged and they were close. Most likely, those two guys have everything to gain and nothing to lose by testing free agency.

  • marks hair

    Sweet. Super Bowl here we come

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

    Keep myopically following Reggie right into the unemployment line!

  • marks hair

    that’s exactly why we should have transition tagged Houston

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    So essentially….you want both.
    I can see that.

  • Dakota

    Greedy, I know….

  • Raider 8

    we should. that’s the right and proper way of looking at it, but it’d be nice if we had one indication that good things are on the way. a bone…something!
    it’s like I’ve been waiting over 2 years for something I could say “yesss” to.
    we had to suffer through the past two yr’s with the thought that THIS yr…”look out. here we come”.
    still waiting for something….ANYTHING.
    we’ll see.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Terrific woman. I’d marry her again.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Pelosi is way past “ton of makeup”.
    It seems to have gotten into her brain.

  • turf toe

    My cousin played with David Carr at Fresno. That makes me important.

  • BigBenRexor

    But why force a guy to accept our matched offer when he would naturally do it out of his own good will because he loves and respects Reggie so much?

  • Dakota

    Kings trade for Gaborik….going to win another cup baby!

  • Dakota

    That would mean you would divorce her again too!

  • Guest123

    If he doesn’t spend the money, at least we as fans will see the transparency in it. no longer can mark davis talk about wanting to win and his proud heritage his father left him. he can go sulk in the corner and the fans should all tell him to kick rocks by staying away. yes this is an ultimatum. fans need to speak up if this goes on thru free agency and nothing gets done.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    No. The third time would be the last.

  • marks hair

    alex, ansah had 8 sacks.. bad trade

  • turf toe

    I like Mark Davis better than Jimmy Buss.

  • RaiderNik

    Or maybe you don’t.. According to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, “there is concern” among the Raiders’ coaching staff that 2013 second-round pick Menelik Watson “might not have it.”

    http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/8416/menelik-watson

  • TrevJo

    Makes sense, since Carr’s teammates made him look good.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Retweeted by Steve Corkran

    SiriusXM NFL Radio‏@SiriusXMNFL1 hr

    .@JaredAllen69 on #Raiders: Never say never but they have a lot of things to correct there and don’t think they are looking for a vet DE.

  • Dakota

    King Henry VIII?

  • TrevJo

    Hmm

  • dplunk

    and offer the raiders what?

  • Alex7

    that’s silly. If Ansah wasn’t who he wanted at 3, why does it matter what Ansah did? The trade was to pick up a 2nd rounder and still get the guy he wanted. The trade itself was excellent, it cost the Raiders nothing that they wanted. Who he picked or passed on you can debate and question, but the trade itself, based on the information of who he was going to draft anyways, was a win.

  • turf toe

    You’re smart, TrevJo.

  • TrevJo

    Why Houston instead of Veldheer? Just curious. You think Houston is more likely to walk, I’m guessing?

  • Alex7

    until they played half-decent defenses in bowl games.

  • Dakota

    I prefer strychnine
    over cyanide too….but really what is the end result either way?

  • Raider 8

    it was brought out yesterday that reggie doesn’t HAVE TO spend..he can just incur the penalties and fines for not doing so.

  • marks hair

    bad trade.. bad value.. notice everyone wants a lot more for a similar trade back.. look at old trades.. reg got hosed

  • Dakota

    And so ends that dream lol.

  • BigBenRexor

    Basically what he’s saying is, “They’re a complete train wreck, But i’d still go there for $30 million guaranteed.”

  • Dakota

    Why would anyone choose to pay the same amount of money to players that are either gone, or still on the roster between 2013 and 2016? Why would you not spend that money on new players?

  • HGDaddy

    @SiriusXMNFL: .@JaredAllen69 on #Raiders: Never say never but they have a lot of things to correct there and don’t think they are looking for a vet DE.

  • Alex7

    lol, you think he passed on acquiring MORE for that trade down, or that no one else offered more?

    So it came down to stay at 3 and take DJ, or pick up a 2nd rounder and take DJ. Those were the actual options, so the trade was a win.

  • rifflicks

    Great….bottoms up!

  • Alex7

    exactly, just like C-Wood.

  • rifflicks

    I bet your mom thinks your special too

  • Alex7

    probably what Charles Woodson thought at the beginning of FA last year.

  • turf toe

    That’s why they put me in special ed.