The Oakland Raiders ended yet another losing campaign on Sunday when they fell to the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Coliseum. The Raiders finished the year 4-12 and are looking forward to an offseason with unprecedented cap space but also with a ton of expiring contracts.
One of the contracts that is expiring is that of defensive end Lamarr Houston. Ever since being selected in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Houston has been a mainstay along the defensive line. His versatility allows him to play at both end and defensive tackle and is a guy who can stay on the field for all three downs.
That being said, while he is a very solid contributor he has never lived up to the potential of being a dominant end. He is not a game-changer or even a difference-maker, he is simply a very good role player.
- 2010: 5 sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR, 31 tackles, 4.2 PFF
- 2011: 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 FR, 36 tackles, 8.3 PFF
- 2012: 4.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 48 tackles, 16.5 PFF
- 2013: 6 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR, 56 tackles, 6.7 PFF
However, that does not appear to be what Houston thinks of himself. Despite beginning contract negotiations with the Raiders a while ago, they have not come close to a deal and after the season ended, this is what Houston had to say about that fact:
“I believe that Dennis Allen and the Raiders might be looking to move on and have me go to another team 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.”
While this may be true, it’s not what someone says if they truly want to find a way to work out a new contract. Perhaps the reason he does not want to return to the Raiders is because he thinks Dennis Allen and company do not like him. But regardless, there was no reason to make such comments unless Houston does not plan on playing for the Silver and Black in 2014.