Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) reacts during the game against the Denver Broncos at Coliseum. The Broncos won 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Lamarr Houston feels time as a Raider may be over

Lammar Houston sacked Peyton Manning in one of the lone highlights of Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos. It was Houston’s sixth sack in a up and down contract year where the fan favorite came out strong, but like the majority of the Raiders defense fell apart in the second half when depth issues began to cause a chain reaction of breakdowns on defense in Oakland.

Regardless of how the second half of the season may have went, Houston is considered by many to be the Raiders best defensive lineman, but due to a variety of factors the now free agent feels that he may have just played his final game inside the Oakland Coliseum as a Raider.

“I believe that Dennis Allen and the Raiders might be looking to move on and have me go to another team or move on and find something more what they want for their system and their scheme,” Houston said to CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair. “Who knows? It’s a rough business and nothing’s guaranteed and everything changes from day to day.”

Earlier in the year Houston was approached for an extension, but while he was playing well a deal did not get done. Now that his performances have dipped the Raiders may not think that he is worth the money that he and his agent are demanding. Somebody is going to pay Houston, but the defensive end’s comments postgame lead on that Reggie McKenzie may not want Houston back for the price he is asking. Even if Houston is a fan favorite who by all accounts loves the Silver and Black.

“I believe that they were talking me up and things like that, but to a certain standpoint,” he said. “I believe that, me and the Raiders, I think I’ve had good years and I really appreciate this organization. I love this organization, but as far as what some of the coaches want, I’m not sure. That’s out of my control. I play the best I can and do everything I can to contribute.”

What the Raiders do with Houston is important, they need to keep his talent on the defensive line and need to improve even more in the pass rush to get where they want next season. At the same time they cannot afford to overpay Houston, who is not going to give the Raiders a hometown discount and was never going to. This appears to be a situation that is more up to how much money Houston can get on the free market, based on how Sunday’s comments went it looks like the Raiders hopes of retaining Houston at a cap number they think is worth it will depend on if another team wants to pay him.

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  • guido

    Highly doubt we let him walk away. I’ve heard rumors of franchise tag if we can’t get a deal done

  • PJ

    I say let him go. Not worth big pay day for 6 sacks. Lets draft the trenches and buy on the skilled positions. The trench on both sides need huge upgrading. We need to build on a strong foundation first. Thats where championships are won! Keep our QB clean and the other QB “must go down, and must go down hard” ( Al Davis ) Then, JUST WIN, BABY!

  • Eric Kench

    I don’t know why they moved him away from the strongside DE position. He is not an edgerusher by any means. If anything he should have been moved to DT and give us an interior pass rush. I too doubt that he will be a Raider in 2014. But whoever replaces him should be the best pass rusher that we can get.

  • Stanley Carr

    No one will come n play for Allen, back to back 4-12 seasons n he will b on a one year deal… If they keep him we r fucked!

  • Vivar Junior

    He will be safe with us. He will retire a Raider for sure. See you in 2014 L. Houston! Go Raiders!

  • Vivar Junior

    Stop listening to rumors. Smh. The Raiders are keeping him. Watch.

  • Vivar Junior

    You can always jump plank guy. I mean since you already predict our future. Shit, maybe they should give you a job. Or better yet. If you think you can do DA’s job, go for it guy. NEWS FLASH: Allen is staying in Oakland for the 2014 Season. Get used to it or get out of the Nation. We do not need part time fans in the Raider Nation. PERIOD.

  • Stanley Carr

    Part time? Bitch I been a raider fan for 41 years, so fuck u I can have n opinion u punk azz little bitch