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

Free agency looming: Lamarr Houston unsure of Oakland return

Oakland Raiders’ defensive end Lamarr Houston has been a bright spot on a team not exactly chock-full of them this season.

Houston recorded a career-high 6th sack today in the Raiders’ 34-14 drubbing at the hands of Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Houston was selected in the 2nd round of the 2010 draft out of Texas – he was born in San Francisco – and will be a free agent at the end of this season.

While the Raiders will have an influx of riches at their disposal this offseason – several reports have the figure at $69 million-or-so in cap space – Houston is unsure if he will return to the Bay Area.

He is certainly due a significant raise over the $660,000 he made this year, figure courtesy of Yahoo! Sports.

In a report from CSN Bay Area’s Scott Bair, Houston discussed his future.

“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. “Who knows? It’s a rough business and nothing’s guaranteed and everything changes from day to day.”

Houston expanded on his comments and mentioned his ‘love’ for the team in the report.

“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.”

And so it begins.  The question of how Oakland should spend their money will undoubtedly be a prevalent topic all offseason.

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  • guido

    Need to lock him up for a while

  • Chris Schroeder

    The Raiders will offer him a contract. I think he’s just being paranoid. The players know what’s at stake this off-season and they know the last two years have been for evaluation purposes only. I think instead of being optimistic he’s preparing for the worst. There are a lot of talented playmakers in free agency this off-season that they will bring in to help build this team as well as a full deck of draft picks, so there will be several cuts but believe me he will not be one of them if they are smart.

    • Ricky Bobby

      It doesn’t matter how much flow you have if NO ONE WANTS TO COME HERE, teams can also use the franchise tag.

  • Silvia Arredondo

    He shouldn’t have made a comment like that! He is good enough to come back! I hate when players say things like this because it ends up hurting them!