Trask: Logically, Raiders only have two options for new stadium
Jared Veldheer and Lamarr Houston just finished their fourth seasons with the Raiders. (USATSI)
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The deadline to apply franchise or transition tags has come and gone. The Raiders didn’t designate defensive end Lamarr Houson or left tackle Jared Veldheer with either one.
The Raiders declined to use those options to help secure rights to either player, a decision expected for months now. General manger Reggie McKenzie said in January that he didn’t want to use tags on anyone, a preference that makes sense given the price tag with Veldheer and Houston playing premium positions.
Applying a tag would’ve been expensive. A franchise tag varies based upon exclusivity, but it would’ve guaranteed an eight-figure salary for both players. A transition tag would’ve equaled the average salary of the top 10 players at a given position and insured a right to match any offer made to the player.
The NFL released the tag numbers on Friday. Here they are:
Franchise tag: $13.116 million
Transition tag: $10.663 million
Franchise tag: $11.654 million
Transition tag: $10.039 million
Veldheer and Houston are talented, upper-echelon players, but they aren’t worth that steep value. The Raiders hope to retain both players with long-term contracts. Sides have talked in both negotiations, and are committed to reaching an accord before the March 8 date when other teams can negotiate with prospective free agents. Veldheer would certainly prefer to sign before that date, but an accord has not been reached.