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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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  • marks hair

    I think his wife changed his name to 3 1/2 a long time ago..

  • scinfidel

    It’s a violent sport, every long term deal is risky but you got to make them.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Just one thing. Reg, please do not sign Schuab. Raider fans need a QB with a spine, a tough one. Schuab has never been that, he is a finesse player. We are 5 years away from finesse. You bring this kid in here and you will hear the boo birds the first time he steps on the field. Schuab aint getting you 7 wins, he will get injured or quit after the third 20+ point loss…

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    why pay someone that potentially doesn’t want to be here 10 mil for one year.

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    They could have with Houston, but not with Veldheer. It’ll be dumb to give a LT who just came off a long injury a long term deal in the middle of a bad season.

  • Alex7

    safe to say 99% of young athletes feel quite invincible and don’t negotiate from a fear-of-injury standpoint to pass up on bigger paycheck in 12 months. Agent makes smaller cut too on a rare career-ending injury gamble.

  • marks hair

    the deer asked for Reggie to engage in negotiations since last year.. and Houston should be stuck here whether he likes it or not

  • JV.

    Sounds good to me.. Richardson was a 1st round pick originally but dropped due to knee problems towards the end of the season. Idk if he was at the combine… Plus Reggie is a huge Tennessee guy I think hence the Rivera pick.

  • Chris in NY

    Potential for injury and the unknown. Neither guy was paid lifetime security type money on his rookie deal. I think 5 years in the $30-35M range, half of it guaranteed could’ve got the job done a year ago.

  • scinfidel

    Think about you, it’s the security of knowing you are taken care of ‘just in case’. All humans have that need to feel secure… If I was a pro ball player, I’d want that long term guarantee

  • DKnight007

    Exactly. Forward thinking is important for a GM

  • turf toe

    He is hurt…and angry. The only thing left for him is to lash out.

  • DKnight007

    Claro

  • rudegruden

    I agree lee is a stud. But as a huge USC fan (alumni), lee is kind of a pu$$y. He’s that guy who’s always hurt, he may play on it, but can’t stay healthy. I’ve seen that routine in the nfl before. Odds are he stays injury prone.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Reggie is a c0c juggling thunder cnt.

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    Si. No Schaubito. Hè ès no Yohnny Fùtbol. No. Juss how yu say no to Yohnny Fùtbol. El Presidantes Morcos Davis tiene que procurato Morcos Sanchez para huarterback y primo Raiderettas.

  • Alex7

    DJ

    If Reggie doesn’t find a legit QB this off-season, pick a Pro-Bowler in the 1st, again find starters in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, set up a 7-win roster this year and 9-win roster next year, I’m jumping off the bandwagon, just FYI.

  • DKnight007

    The problem with FA is that is smart never to pay top dollar for most of
    these guys. It is good for McK to target hard working mid tier FA’s old
    solid vets who are good leaders and hard workers and still love the
    game. Keeping your own solid players are also important whether they are considered “elite” or not. Veldy and Houston were hard working solid starters who had some nasty streaks to them. Good foundations to build upon. So if they were “elite” McK would have top dollar to keep them??

  • turf toe

    We are descending into animal behavior. Years of torture and abuse will do that to us.

  • 0ak R8rs

    It’s bad at $8 million. And he washed out at tackle on one of the worst lines in the nfl.

  • DKnight007

    Rather have McCown ahead of Shobby….at least McCown has guts and is more mobile and shifty…

  • turf toe

    That one was pretty funny, Senor.

  • 0ak R8rs

    Heard it on Weeds last night. Still makes me laugh tonight. Just messing around.

  • http://www.raiders.com/ Drexl

    ground hog day,,,,

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Je suis d’accord avec vous à 100%

  • turf toe

    It works here, too.

  • rudegruden

    I wonder how many excuses he has for being a sh$tty husband.

  • Alex7

    it rounds down to 3 feet, but thanks.

  • MachoManRandySavage

    Dear Reg. Please go out today and get completely hammered so you are not yourself tomorrow.

    thanks

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    Everyone wants to spend spend spend on FA now and get into salary cap hell in the next two or three years

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    ¡gracias.

  • rudegruden

    Nope, no one has said that in the last 48 hours.

  • turf toe

    We want to win. We want improvement, period. Nothing else matters.

  • EMRaiders

    Man, have they put a sleeping spell up in Oaktown? Or is the ineptitude so big in Alameda that is now affecting Jerry and the gang?

    Has it really been so quite in Alameda that even the inside reporters are asleep?

    Or is it that there was a massive sale at the International House Of Pancakes only “Inside” people knew about?

    #PancakeComa

  • Alex7

    that’s literally half what they’re expecting though. $30 million to not risk 1 season of no career-ending injury? And now JV seems intent on not signing that $55 million rumored offer from us? Just seems like a natural conclusion is he was intent on hitting the market, and why would you blame him with our team?

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Plunkett was asked on The Game his FA #1 choice for qb.

    Answer: Matt Schaub. He said MS had a bad year along with the whole team.

    His 2nd choice? Vick.

    Guess Jimmy identifies with guys who’ve had bad years.

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    Señor Alexo7. Por favor. Generalissimo McKenzie ès no stupido. ¿No? How yu say he ès stupido. ¿No? No. Èl Generalissimo ès no stupido. ¿No?

  • DKnight007

    If Saffold is signed then your injury argument is invalid

  • Alex7

    scout Landry said on the radio today that the Raiders needed to not overspend and get themselves right back into the hole they just climbed out of. He wasn’t that impressed with Houston, and again reiterated the Raiders should not overspend. They said Raiders would be better served spending on multiple players than over-spending on those two. So the upper people with checked emotions agree.

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    There’s plenty of noise complaining for overpaying for players and for making a big splash signing everyone available.

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    IHOP ès cagada fantastico.

  • DKnight007

    Nope….most just want McK to keep his own FA’s who are valuable players and not just take care of fringe role players like Barnes, Jones and Ross cause they are cheap….

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    No. Ès no true.

  • Alex7

    nel pastel. Le dijieron que eliminara 40 millones el ano pasado, y eso paso. Ahora le dijieron que agrege talento con much dinero, y veremos que pasa.

  • EMRaiders

    so how does it feel to be illiterate on two different languages?

    What would you call that, Bi-illiterate? Gotta admit though, it must take a lot of talent to accomplish that.

  • Alex7

    Fox Sports con Vic y otro de el Bay Area a las 4 pm. Eso es muy, demaciado, true. Los que saben, saben. Aqui, no saben nada, nomas como ninos gritan que quieren todo ahorita.

  • Raider-Fan-inKC

    of those people some are asking to sell the house just to retain them. They are good players but not GREAT. They should be resigned to a salary near the league average not the TOP 5 of their positions.

  • accupolco gold aka elmo

    pero que no tiene dinero. que está en quiebra.

  • marks hair

    Lol.. well he wont.
    that’s why we’re píssed already..

  • Alex7

    think you mean “in” two different languages, or “at” two different languages.