Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston leave Oakland as expected

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It was reported heading into March 11′s afternoon start to 2014 NFL Free Agency that the Oakland Raiders would be losing top expiring talents Jared Veldheer to the Arizona Cardinals and Lamarr Houston to the Chicago Bears by multiple sources.

As soon as the window opened to 2014 Free Agency at 4:00 p.m. those reports were confirmed as Veldheer bolted to Arizona while Houston left to replace Michael Bennett in Chicago.

According to’s Ian Rapoport, Veldheer signed a five-year deal that could be worth $37.5 million. Rapoport also reported that Houston signed a five-year deal worth $35 million with $15 million guaranteed.

Jared Veldheer’s mom tweeted that the Raiders never offered Veldheer a larger contract than their new offensive line signing Rodger Saffold (for more on Saffold check out the rest of the site.)

As of writing there was no confirmation on what Houston’s offer from the Raiders amounted to, but both players bolting for winners is a bad sign for the Raiders rebuilding future. Something the team hoped was set for the 2014 season as it looks like the Raiders may once again be sellers in free agency despite over $60 million in cap space. Fans will continue to mourn the exodus of Houston and Veldheer and blame general manager Reggie McKenzie, but despite whatever further reports come out the damage is already done. What is next for the Raiders front office is bringing in the talent two replace what were considered to be Oakland’s best offensive/defensive assets in the draft/free agency. For now even with all of the Raiders cap space the future looks grim.

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  • KloverJane

    As expected? Who thinks Saffold got paid? We couldn’t pay Veldheer that? Or Houston deal? More questions than answers. I expected them to stay. looks like we’ll just have more holes we need to fill. Just dig some more I guess. There better be a miracle because obviously strategy isn’t on the board.

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  • The Putting Edge

    Wow…I thought Veldheer was a budding All Pro…Raiders felt otherwise…all we can do is trust in our leadership…RMac has a proven track record…I see significant improvement in the salary cap…Roger Saffold is apparently a good player and I heard he
    was going to play guard…does that mean we draft an OT @ pick #5 ?

  • pissedoff fan

    WTF we over pay a GAURD to play Left Tackle?

  • Pridenpoise

    A proven track record, give your head a shake, maybe people will wake up and realize that McKenzie has been getting a lot if praise for cutting bad contracts, big deal, it’s something any GM with any credentials is capable of, Reggie has yet to do anything constructive in FA or the draft for two years, and now he lets two players go, that from the looks of at we could have kept for a reasonable amount of money. So tell me when do the Fire Reggie chants start, he’s certainly more of a detriment to the team then Dennis Allen is.

  • Kris Ramberg

    WTF!!! Nothing makes sense. We overpay for an often injured guard and RB. I thought we were told by this organization that this will be our time and that there were no more excuses. I didnt think it was possible to become worse but obviously i was mistaken. Well i guess our coaching staff will be fired next year you cant make chicken salad out of chicken S@$#!! But hey look at the bright side at least we have a balanced the books!! Thanks Reggie good luck to you in the future.

  • pissedoff fan

    Dennis Allen: So Reggie what’s the plan?

    Reggie: well I don’t want any of Al Davis’s competent players on this team. So I’m going to let Veldheer walk unless he takes my low ball contract and we are going to get my guy. He’s a guard but I think he can play left tackle and deserves Left Tackle money. I’m also going to keep a running that cant play more than 7 games but we don’t need a running back for the whole season do we?

    Dennis: ………

    Reggie: Well this is what I will do. Houston is gone we don’t need a DE. we are going to go with a new hybrid defense no DE”S and no DT’s instead we are going to field 1 safety and 1 Cornerback and 3 linebackers. The opposing teams will be so confused they wont know what hit them

    Dennis: ……..

    Reggie: Dennis where can I get this 60 million dollars converted to gold dollars I want to go swimming in my vault

  • nomoreseasontix

    I keep waiting for Reggie to do some magic, genius GM stuff. I guess I’ll keep waiting.
    I’ve been giving him the benefit of the doubt, but that’s pretty much over with. I’m rapidly losing patience.

    But, since they’ll probably be playing elsewhere in five years, I won’t have to worry about it anymore….

  • KloverJane

    Don’t hold your breath friend….we’re doomed. I just can’t locate the cancer surrounding what was once the team of the decades. I’m looking for it. This ship has taken on water again.

  • KloverJane

    After shelling out $42.5 million for injury-prone left tackle Rodger Saffold, McKenzie is overpaying for the No. 81 player on Around The League’s free-agent tracker.

    A liability early in his Jets career, Howard worked hard to develop into a quality pass protector in 2013. He and Saffold will provide league-average security on the bookends of the offensive line at a high price.

    Are you mad?

  • KloverJane

    Dennis: …sho nuff boss

  • mike

    Always more to any story. I really hoped they would sign Saffold and Veldheer then play Saf at guard. But since that is no longer the case…maybe targeting Tackle at #5 is the new way to go