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Polian surprised Raiders didn’t use franchise tag

Former Colts general manager and ESPN analyst Bill Polian said Wednesday he expected either tackle Jared Veldheer or right end Lamarr Houston to receive a franchise tag, given the Raiders stated preference for bring back their own players and their room under the salary cap.

The Raiders are presumably negotiating with both players in hopes of having them signed before Saturday, when they can begin fielding offers from other teams. No contracts can be signed before March 11, with the open period giving Veldheer and Houston a chance to assess their value on the market and bring their top offer back to general manager Reggie McKenzie.

“It might have been that the demands of the agents were out of line,” Polian said on an ESPN national conference call. It could be that maybe the cash demands were something they didn’t feel they could deal with or meet. Only Reggie can answer that question.”

Veldheer appeared to be the most likely of the two players to be franchised. Despite Houston’s status as the most steady defensive lineman on the Raiders, it would have been a surprise had they locked themselves in a situation where they paid him $13.1 million for a season on the franchise designation.

“I was a bit surprised something didn’t get done,” Polian said. “But we’re not there yet, too. They could get something done before we hit free agency, and if that’s the case, the question will be answered.”

– The Raiders tendered six exclusive rights free agents _ safety Brandian Ross, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa, running back Jeremy Stewart, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, offensive lineman Matt McCants and fullback Jamize Olawale. The club will not announce those transactions until they have actually signed contracts.

Exclusive rights free agents have no bargaining power and are tied to their team unless they aren’t offered a contract.

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  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders need to sign at least one top five, one top ten, and one top twenty ranked UFA.

    Rankings at time of the end of the tags’ period.

  • The_Civilian_James_Trapp

    Zing!

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    No no no no. Sanchez es la siguiente Yim Plunkett.

  • Alex7

    we should have traded for P. Manning last year. Definitely.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    They got drunk and a fire broke out and cap’n Robert Shaw says, calmly, ‘put the fire out, chief.’ That’s the guy you want as cap’n on your boat.

  • Scourge of the East

    P-man, whatcha watching?!

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Hopefully Reggie signs Mack to a 4 year 32 million contract, force Cleveland to match or he’s ours.

    If we sign Mack, I would be okay with losing Vehldeer, won’t be happy about losing him, but I’ll be ecstatic about our interior OLine.

    especially if we sign Wisniewski to an extension

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Sup? ScootE? I’ve been trying to pick a fight all day here and I got nothing.

  • Ron69

    The Raiders better sign some good players by tomorrow or this place will burn down to ashes.

  • Scourge of the East

    Why you need to fight?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    C’mon now. That’d be “JAWS”

  • Scourge of the East

    It’s been a looonnnggg time since I watched that one.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    No cria syndrome, i suppose.

  • AutumnThunderstorm

    Raiders should’ve traded Houston last year for a future Draft pick.

    Vehldeer was injured beyond the trade deadline, so we weren’t going to be able to get anything done for him.

    This year get Wiz & Denarius to an extension or trade them.

  • Alex7

    PFT has report citing “Significant interest” in Darren McFadden.

    Again, all you’re hearing right now is the agents side of things, pre-free-agency, drumming up interest for their players.

  • DJ Johnny

    The “Green Bay Way(c)” is out the window right now. The most notable aspect of this “way” and the one everyone points to is the keeping and developing of their “homegrown” talent.
    If Reggie were doing this ‘GB Way’ there is no way in hell Veldheer and Houston would walk. They were drafted by the Raiders and “developed”. It’s like walking into a party and falling face first in the punchbowl. Sure, you can recover, but now u have a big red stain on your shirt for the rest of the party.

    GB would not let these guys walk. No way.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Veld is gone.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    It’s always a better movie than I remember. Robert Shaw, et al.

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    No. Corkrano no how yu say let it suceda. Nunca. No.

  • Scourge of the East

    Ah, so *ss-watching gives you a case of the *ss?

  • Alex7

    it helps if the players want to stay and actually sign the offer. GB’s had a bit more recent success and can do that way a little better.

  • DKnight007

    1. OLB/DE Mack
    2. WR J Matthews
    3. OT J James
    4. DE J Mauro or DE J Gayle or CB C Davis

  • RaidO

    Is this your first NFL free agent time of the season???…You sure act like it…

  • Alex7

    that’s one way to get FA to not sign with you: “We have a reputation here that if you don’t sign our offer when we offer it, we ship you off somewhere.”

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Ross Tucker of NBCSN says he thinks McKenzie would pay them if he (McKenzie) had drafted Veldheer and Houston instead of Al.

    I think he’s right. McKenzie wants to purge the roster of all Davis players and that includes the good ones as well as the bad ones. Look for DMoore and Wiz to move on once they hit free agency too

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    Green Bay ès no better. Grandios how yu say dumpster, si. But no ès better. No.

  • Alex7

    dumbing it down for the many who said “what’s reported usually happens in free agency.”

  • irjonny

    Christopher Hansen ‏@ChrisHansenNFL 51m
    Hmm. RT @HubbuchNYP: Former Jets exec @AriNissim says he hears the Eagles, Raiders, Browns and Jets are all going to pursue Darrelle Revis.

    3rd-4th rounder? restructured contract? all for it

  • DKnight007

    Exactly. If McK would have drafted Veldy and Houston….they would remain Raiders….but since Al did it…..ohhh nooooooo….everything that Al did beforehand must be destroyed…..

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    No ès can be true. No.

  • DKnight007

    Oh yeah….D Moore is for sure gone and it would not surprise me if Wiz is gone also. Can’t believe TP is still around…..haha

  • RaidO

    It DOES…teams “inquiry” It’s reported. The player usually ends up with one of the teams

  • SilverNBlackPA

    He won’t survive the last round of camp cuts

  • Breaking_Black

    He’s supposedly going to be released by Wednesday. May not have to give up any draft picks.

  • DKnight007

    Yep! Belicheck would have loved to have Houston!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Need to make sure Revis wants to come to Oakland. Last they need is to drop a pick and then he throws a tantrum and refuses to report.

  • Alex7

    agents make up interested teams, which the Raiders were often one of. Drums up interest, gives media something to print, agent/player/media happy.

    You want to believe it’s true, that Michael Bennet really was THAT close to signing with the Bears and didn’t just use them to leverage the Seahawks, go ahead.

  • DKnight007

    Revis going back to Jets probably

  • Breaking_Black

    Is that…it can’t be..*rubs eyes* IT IS. A NEW POST!

  • RaidO

    It’s a business but ONCE AGAIN the .teams “inquirer” It’s reported. The player usually ends up with one of the teams

  • Alex7

    lol, wow we’re reaching new lows on the conspiracy trail. Or it could be that most players, drafted by anyone, find Oakland one of their less appealing options after playing here the last 4-5 years.

  • DKnight007

    1. OLB/DE Mack
    2. WR J Matthews
    3. OT J James or CB Jean Baptiste
    4. DE J Mauro or DE J Gayle or CB C Davis or OG J Halapio

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    As every guest “expert” on the radio has reported, by throwing the name “Raiders” into the mix, the agents are trying to up the ante, as everyone knows the Raiders have the most money to spend.

  • DJ Johnny

    Nobody can force a guy to stay, but it comes down to selling the program if all things being equal.
    What is it about the Oakland “program” that they want to get away from it so badly? These guys have been here a few years now and it looks like they want out. Why? Like I said if all things being equal.
    We don’t know all the details but it is an interesting case study regardless.
    Maybe these guys are just greedy jerks. Maybe there are other reasons, but deals should have been done with these guys. Raiders admitted they wanted to keep them so it’s not that. Money? I guess we’ll see if that was really it. The losing? If so they didn’t sell these guys on this being a program on the rise.

  • http://ggeden.blogspot.com/ GG

    New post

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    U try saying that to his face. Ihop is on me. After u get out of hospital.

  • http://facebook.com/Unicron5 Samnificient Jonsey

    No. Too busy arguing with bytch surrender monkeys.

  • Return

    Good point, because I guarantee you if if Wiz is allowed to hit FA he walks.

  • Return

    Haaaa. Ok Jonsey. I got the pattern. A little devious but clever none the less.