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

Minnesota Vikings inquire about Raiders defensive ends Lamarr Houston, Vance Walker

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Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston has shockingly been the least talked about Oakland free agent in terms of leaving the Silver and Black on March 11 as NFL Free Agency officially begins. With Jared Veldheer being reported as “all but gone” to the Arizona Cardinals the market hasn’t been as hot for Houston even with pass rushers Michael Bennett and Everson Griffen going off of the board.

Still one team contacted Lamarr Houston’s agent on Monday as the Vikings apparently kicked the tires on Houston despite apparently having little chance at snagging him.

ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson reported that the Vikings inquired about Lamarr Houston, also adding “look for him to land elsewhere”

According to Wolfson the Vikings also inquired about fellow Raiders defensive linemen Vance Walker, a cheaper target who may actually be right in the price range for Minnesota.

It is relieving for the Raiders that as of Monday afternoon that there are no solid deals for Houston to leave Oakland unlike with Veldheer, who has reportedly already “agreed” to come to Arizona. Nothing is in stone until Free Agency opens, but it seems more likely that the Raiders can somehow retain Houston who appeared to be the unhappiest of the two over Veldheer who Raider Nation assumed they would likely be able to retain. Houston will likely be one of the better pass rushing options available, but for now he hasn’t found his suitor and Raider fans will surely take solace in the fact they can hope he is retained.

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