Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Allen: 'We want Houston back in Oakland'
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Lamarr Houston caused a bit of a stir with his words in the wake of the Oakland Raiders' season-ending 34-14 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.
The defensive end, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, said he did not expect to return to Oakland in 2014. This after being publicly praised by the coaching staff all season for his work in switching from the left side to the right.
"I believe that (coach) 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 told reporters. "Who knows? It's a rough business, and nothing's guaranteed, and everything changes from day to day."
Later Sunday evening, Houston took to Twitter and blamed reporters from taking him out of context.
"I would love to b back in Oakland if they will take me," Houston Tweeted. "best fans in the league...u listen to the media u a fool."
Houston led the Raiders with six sacks and his 69 tackles were the most among AFC West defensive ends.
Allen was asked about Houston's words in the coach's season-ending media conference on Monday.
"I did see that quote, and that's not the case," Allen said of his purported desire to move on from Houston. "Obviously, I sat down with Lamarr today and had a nice discussion with him. We'd love to have him back. We think he fits our system and what we're trying to do and we think he's a guy that we can build with."