Sep 15, 2013; Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: No Tag, No Problem


 

 

Relax Raider Nation, hope is not lost….our young cornerstones of Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston may test the market, but it does not mean they’re lost. With 7 days remaining until Free Agency, Reggie McKenzie opted out of utilizing the Franchise Tag on either Lamarr Houston or Jared Veldheer, and will hopefully be working overtime to get both signed this week.

In my eyes this was a very smart move. Although other teams can not negotiate contracts with Houston and Veldheer, you better believe their agents phones are ringing off the hook. This will allow agents and players to gauge their value, and help all parties when negotiating a contract.  Slapping the Franchise Tag on either player would mean overpaying, and overpaying is not something Reggie is fond of.

Jared and Lamarr both play premium positions at Defensive End and Left Tackle respectively. Either way they are going to get paid, but how much is the question. Both players are in the prime of their careers and in my opinion are top ten players at their positions when healthy.

According to overthecap. com, “Ryan Clady signed a five-year contract worth $52,500,000 with the Broncos on July 15, 2013. Clady received a $3 million signing bonus and $10.5 million roster bonus in 2013 to go along with a fully guaranteed $1.5 million base salary, making the full guarantee worth a total of $15 million.”

This could be comparable to what Jared Veldheer is looking for, especially with the increase in cap space this year.

As for Lamarr Houston we can look at the contract Carlos Dunlap received last year.  NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported last year “the Bengals signed Carlos Dunlap to a six-year, $40 million contract. He is set to earn $20 million over the next two seasons. Another $4.5 million is available in incentives…”

Houston is a much more proven commodity than Dunlap when he was signed, although not nearly the pass rusher. Time will tell whether Houston’s value leads to an increase in salary over the Dunalp deal.

I would hope Reggie is working diligently this week to secure two premium talents, playing at two premium positions. With all the needs on this team, trying to replace your starting Left Tackle and Defensive End is a losing strategy.

Reggie’s job is to build this team by finding top talent in the draft and free agency. But his job also includes keeping top talent already on the team, which is just as important.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Jared Veldheer Lamarr Houston Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie

  • John Thomas Hurdle II

    Great move, Do not need to over pay. Also we have more players to get for depth.

  • disqus_ImYfV88m8Y

    It would be retarded to give Veldheer a Clady level deal. Clady>>Veldheer

  • Pridenpoise

    You don’t think Veldheer is worth 50million over 5 yrs, think again.

  • Angel

    2 Seasons ago when Raiders let everyone walk except for Houston , I was like who cares about Houston we should have let him walk. Then he had a good year and we are terrified of losing him…. If he wants to walk let em walk. Who cares…… I want to see plan B already. And Veldeer’d situation.. He said he wants to be a Raider for life so we’ll see. We all know how many games he started last year. If he’s expecting big numbers he is crazy. I say sign Veldeer for another season and review his production. Of course if he’s willing. It’d actually be the smart thing to do on his behalf tho. But really, I’d rather keep Hulk Smash than Houston.

  • KloverJane

    What are we even talking about here? Without Veldeer, that offensive line is nothing. NOTHING!

  • Raider Grant

    At some point we need to start keeping players worthy of a solid contract. Not over pay em, but definitely pay the men so they want or at least consider staying. Incentive based contract are way to go; Keeps players playing hard & in return they get chance at huge pay day with some guaranteed money. Go Raiders