The Oakland Raiders and Lamarr Houston have not been able to reach a new contract as the defensive end prepares to enter free agency for the first time in his NFL career. This is not very surprising since Houston has made it clear he wants to be paid like a top five defensive end and the Raiders do not appear to agree on his value.
When general manager Reggie McKenzie decided not to use the franchise tag on Houston, he all but guaranteed that Houston would not be wearing Silver and Black next season. The fact of the matter is, while Houston is a very good defensive end, the top salaries at that position go to pass rushing specialists, something Houston is not.
Does Houston deserve a good contract? Yes. A massive contract of $10+ a year? No. But the reality is, if he hits the free agent market, he will likely find someone who is willing to over pay. Given that fact, it is not surprising the two camps appear to be at odds over the value of Houston’s play. But at the end of the day, everyone understand that this is just business and both sides are simply looking out for their own best interests.
Or do they?
Houston took to Twitter this week with a couple of tweets that were head scratchers. Someone brought the first to my attention but I brushed it off as most likely not being about the Raiders:
What do u get when u mix inexperience and arrogance?????
— lamarr houston (@solo_dolo_9s) February 26, 2014
Even though the Raiders are dealing with an inexperienced owner, general manager and head coach, there just wasn’t enough information in the tweet to jump to the conclusion that it was a passive aggressive shot at the Raiders.
But then he kept on tweeting….
If you not building your enterprise then your spending time doing something that only leads to your demise
— lamarr houston (@solo_dolo_9s) March 4, 2014
“Ya man priceless if ya man loyal better give that man a raise or end up paying for if”…Rick Ross
— lamarr houston (@solo_dolo_9s) March 6, 2014
Again, these tweets are pretty cryptic, but one cannot help but wonder if they are related to the contract negotiations with the Raiders. After all, the timing couldn’t be more coincidental if it’s not about the Raiders. Saturday March 8th is when other teams can talk with Houston’s agent and Tuesday the 11th at 4:00 p.m. EST is when he can sign with other teams. That makes these next two days the most intense if the two sides are still trying to work out a deal.
IF these tweets are about the Raiders, it is a pretty good sign that the negotiations have hit a wall and Houston will not be back in Oakland next season.
Thanks to @805raider for pointing out that Houston has also been active on Instagram with more posts that could easily be construed as Houston continuing to complain about the situation in Oakland. More and more looking like a guy the team might not want back anyway…