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?