October 6, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston (99) during the second quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: Could Lamarr Houston Be a Force in Kansas City?


As the NFL deadline for teams to apply the franchise tag to a player rapidly approaches, it looks more and more like Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston will not receive the tag.

Houston is preparing to finish the final season of his rookie contract and is looking to make some money heading into his fifth season. In 2013, despite being on a horrible Oakland team, Houston had the best year of his young career, logging 69 total tackles, six sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Although the Raiders employ a Base 4-3 defensive scheme, and Houston has been a pass-rushing defensive end in that scheme, I don’t think it out of the realm of possibility that Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey could bring Houston in to fill the hole likely to be vacated by Tyson Jackson.

Having an end that can rush the passer could prove to be invaluable as the Chiefs try to find some of the magic that the defensive unit had in the first seven games last season. Once the pass rush dried up, so did the game-changing defense, and so did the Chiefs winning streak.

What do you think, Addicts? Could Lamarr fit nicely in the scheme with the other Chiefs defenders?

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  • Stacy D. Smith

    He has the size and athleticism to fit this scheme. At either DE or DT. I’d be much more excited about adding a guy like him to the defense than Red Bryant. Houston can get after the QB. Nabbing him and a ballhawking free safety would make this defense elite. He’s probably going to fetch a big contract though. I’m gassed about the possibility, but I’m not sure the Chiefs can win a bidding war for his services.

    • Zachary Barry

      Stacy you are right about looking for a big contract and I am sure he will be in a bidding war but I don’t see the Chiefs being able to pick him up and a FS plus keep Schwartz. But who knows maybe Santa left Dorsey a present that he couldn’t open till March. Or maybe these guys want to be a part of a winning team and see our Chiefs as that team.

    • berttheclock

      Talk about ability to adjust. He was a RB and LB in HS and he had 13 sacks. At UT, he started off as a DT, then, switched to DE. He is very adaptable. That 2010 draft class was far deeper than many expected. Look at the Steelers who just tagged Wolifords, who was taken two picks after Arenas. He has really come to life.

  • Montez K.

    Two Houston’s and two Johnson’s? Meant to be…

  • Matt Dickson

    He has the talent to dramatically improve the Chiefs front 7 with his pass rush ability. Imagine how much better he’d be next to Poe and vice versa? We need more pass rushers than just Houston and Hali.

    Lamaar would go a long way toward providing that upfront.

  • gonzangkc1

    This is a Fact: Lamarr Houston wants to play for the Chiefs! Lamarr sister lives in Colorado Springs, CO and is great friends with my boy (who is a Raiders fan) and Lamarr told my boy that IF the Raiders didn’t tag him – his #1 team to play for would be the Chiefs. SIGN HIM and a Free Safety and a TRUE (WR). LET’S GO TO WORK AND WIN THE SUPERBOWL THIS YEAR! p.s. Also, sign my boy Brandon Lloyd.

  • berttheclock

    Hey, Jason, great work on the various free agents to be. However, who is handling the various Pro Days which have started? I was just reading about the big DT from Minnesota at their Pro Day, but, there is a smaller DT from there who is even stronger, Roland Johnson and a safety, Brock Vereen, who might be a pickup in the late rounds or, at least, asked for UDFA attempt. Remember, the Seahawks really discovered both Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin by going to the Pro Day at Stanford, which was supposed to be “The Luck Show”.