Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) reacts during the game against the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum. The Broncos won 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders Ready To Let Jared Veldheer, Lamarr Houston Walk


According to a report, the Oakland Raiders are prepared to let two of their top free agents—left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Lamarr Houston—walk away in free agency.

According to Pro Football Talk, the Raiders are not willing to pay top dollar for Veldheer. PFT, citing a league source, said the Raiders believe Veldheer is better suited to play on the right side and don’t want to pay premium left tackle money to keep him.

Houston, meanwhile, is regarded as more of a run stopper than a pass rusher, but appears to be poised to command $7 million a year or more.

Veldheer has reportedly drawn interest from the Arizona Cardinals while the Chicago Bears have reportedly looked at Houston as an option after Michael Bennett opted to re-sign with Seattle.

Veldheer, 26, was taken in the third round by the Raiders out of Hillsdale College in 2010 and he missed the first 11 games of last season with a torn triceps after starting every game in both 2011 and 2012.

Houston, 26, was a second-round pick by Oakland out of Texas in the same draft as Veldheer and had a career-high six sacks last season. He started every game each of the past two seasons with 10.5 sacks and 138 tackles. He also forced two fumbles in 2013.

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