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

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders don't franchise Jared Veldheer or Lamarr Houston

The Oakland Raiders were hopeful they’d be able to reach contract extensions with Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston before today’s franchise tag deadline, but they were unable to find a middle ground with either player.

Given that – they’d likely have the franchise tag placed on them, right? Wrong.

Both Veldheer and Houston were left untagged, allowing each to enter the free agent market.

Despite the most salary cap room in the NFL, the Raiders declined to use the franchise tag Monday on either left tackle Jared Veldheer or defensive end Lamarr Houston.

When the 1 p.m. deadline (PST) came and went, Veldheer and Houston were five days away from being able to negotiate with other teams for their services.

Both Veldheer and Houston can still work out a deal with the Raiders, so by no stretch are they assured of leaving – though the option is presented now given the lack of a tag.

Many expected the Raiders to use the tag (especially on Veldheer) given they have an absurdly large amount of cap space, but it wasn’t to be. It’s possible general manager Reggie McKenzie is confident he’ll be able to re-sign both players without the tag, though that’s a pretty ballsy move.

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  • Rees Britton

    Well, this should be interesting!

  • 757Raiderfan

    I really hope they get deals done. We need both guys badly

  • Pridenpoise

    Reggie better not F this up.

  • HoustonRaiderFan

    That’s a real bone head move. They talk about building through the draft, the O line and D line are really weak and they are going to let the two players that are closest to being great the opportunity to walk and get zero compensation. That move worked out great a couple of years ago with Zach Miller. I’ve been a Raider for over 40 years but I’m losing hope. Given the opportunity to play elsewhere or resign with a dysfunctional organization, I believe the players will walk every time. Just because they have close to 70 million in cap space doesn’t mean the best free agents are going to come knocking on your door. Especially after allowing 2 of your cornerstones to walk this following two weak drafts where I have seen only one decent player(Sio Moore). RM has signed better college FA’s than players he has drafted that is a sad statement for your talent evaluation.

  • Eric Kench

    Though his draft picks have been pretty lousy I give McKenzie credit for not giving in to the outlandish demands of these players. We could still replace Veldheer with McCants who is a very good pass blocking tackle and we could always draft Clowney or another defensive end to replace Houston.