Dec 8, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and owner Mark Davis on the field before the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie McKenzie speaks on Lamarr Houston, Jared Veldheer departures

Oakland Raiders general manager had never publicly addressed his two biggest free agency departures in Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston to the media, leaving the talking heads to scorn the Raiders general manager for letting his two best players walk with ample cap space. Largely ignoring the fact that Houston and Veldheer signed for affordable deals elsewhere and the potential of both players wanting to bolt Oakland being in play.

Well today McKenzie spoke to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur and had revealing comments on the departures of Houston/Veldheer for the first time this offseason. Telling his side of a story that he has been taking the blame for since the beginning of March.


It is revealing to find out that of the two Raiders free agents that in the end it was Houston who was the more open player to come back before in the end bolting to a better chance at the playoffs in Chicago. McKenzie has taken a lot of heat in the media and inside of Raider Nation for letting two young fan favorites walk and many will decry this as lip service, but with both Veldheer/Houston taking affordable deals on contending teams elsewhere it is very likely that the Oakland GM is telling the truth. If so the opinions of many may change on Reggie McKenzie’s offseason, but as with most contract negotiations people will have to determine who they feel is telling the truth on this one.

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  • Tony maez

    No love lost no love found! RAIDERNATION WILL BE A PLAYOFF CONTENDER B4 both those teams!!

  • Kevin Lurker

    I don’t drink Kool Aid.
    You usually find the truth somewhere between.

  • Don

    “Raiders for life”, Valdeer. My ass. Raider Nation and Media stop hatin on out GM!

  • Pauly

    They are going to end up just like that corner that left to Philly what was his name again oh yeah we forgot him and they are going to come back and trying to retire with the Raiders

  • Don

    We play Carinals in the regular season, let’s see if he can keep Palmer upright.

  • Pridenpoise


  • bigninaross

    Knew it…

  • David Jones

    More RM spin. Of course they do not want to come back when you low ball salary offers to them. To believe his spin is mind boggling.

  • bradzuk

    Chase, my man, Im sure you’re a capable writer/editor. But good lord, this was some weak writing. I don’t care how fast you wrote it; two of the sentences lacked a subject, and the first sentence of the second paragraph was rife with superfluous “that”s and “in the end”s. Give proofreading a try.

  • bigROC209

    Lamar Houston wasn’t and never will be a dominant DE. He is solid against the run but you need sacks from your DE’s. Tuck had more sacks last season than Houston had the last two seasons combined. Tuck also is a beast against the run so I’ll take him over Houston all day long.

    We lost Veldheer but signed three first string caliber linemen.

    McKenzie knows what he is doing. The Raiders will be in position to spend big again for the next few off seasons.

  • KloverJane

    I don’t buy it. And I’m still bent about Jared Veldeer. I’m going grade every snap this season and watch the LT position with utmost scrutiny. There better not be one damn hurry or sack from the blindside. I see a bunch of crazy ass moonbats making the decision, to let that one position become vacant like they did.
    You can take that to the bank.

  • Don

    Then you gotta watch all of cardinal games too. 95.7 the games sources said they his agent (brother) was difficult to negotiate with. You must understand as a player the cardinals are better off then the Raiders are right now.

  • KloverJane

    Oh I will ! I did read that about his brother. And I didn’t mean to post directly to you. lol. My android and I didn’t interface…ha

  • Angel

    Hope those tweets will shut the other side of Raider Nation up. Yeah they are my family but c’mon. They are angry about Pryor not playing, hating on the coaching staff, the GM, Mark, and criticizing letting Veldheer & Houston move on. Don’t we always say if they don’t want to be here and fight 100% then tell them to pack their bags?? They’re gone, let it go. Pryor wants a trade, let him go. Schaub is here, I believe McGloin will beat him out of the starting position. If he doesn’t, I’m sure if Schaub is garbage coach will sit em. (I’m not getting into the waste of a sixth round pick either. ) We are a better team because all of this. At least give the GM props for bringin back C-Wood. . He deserves it. And for the other side who listens to the media and uses their blogs and articles as a resource. Stop posting comments of crap you just read two minutes ago and using it as your own. RM is doin a hell of a job. Period

  • Ervin Barrentine

    I agree with Don it’s all about our Raiders of today. Guys who want to go out and fight for us! RAIDER NATION!

  • Pridenpoise

    And anyone that says it wasn’t a lowball offer is in denial.

  • bradzuk

    lowballing is a negotiating tactic. his idiot brother for a manager should have negotiated back instead of freaking out. clearly RM was willing to pay for a lineman, so if RM is spinning this, and veldheer did want to play, then his brother cost him a few million dollars.

  • David Jones

    When you are as bad as the Raiders, you cannot afford to low ball your two best players. Both signed for market value contracts with others. Plus, if RM is such a terrific negotiator, why did he panic and agree to pay the injured Ram more than $8.5 a year. Clearly, he thought he could out negotiate them and is left looking like a fool; how much better would the Raiders be if they kept Houston and Veldheer and added the current crop. Not one player signed is as good as the two that left. Plus, all those signed this year will be gone in a year or two while Houston and Velhdeer have several years left.