Lamarr Houston DL CHI 6 Months

Bears signed DE Lamarr Houston, formerly of the Raiders, to a five-year, $35 million contract.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 6 Months

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports the Bears are facing "little competition" in their pursuit of free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

Chicago is widely viewed as the frontrunners for Houston's services after missing out on Michael Bennett and Michael Johnson, but it's kind of surprising Houston isn't getting much play. That can all change in a matter of minutes, however. Houston is our No. 1 available free-agent defensive end.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 6 Months

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bears are "pushing hard" to sign free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

They'll have plenty of competition. After failing to convince DE Michael Bennett to leave Seattle, the Bears are going to Plan B. Houston appears to be that. Michael Johnson may also be in the discussion. Houston, 27 in June, has also been linked to the Packers in recent days. He can play both inside and outside and is very light on his feet. The Bears are seeking Julius Peppers' replacement.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 6 Months

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Packers are "among those interested" in free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

Houston would be a huge get for GM Ted Thompson, who is trying to get quicker and more athletic on the defensive line. Houston is listed at 6-foot-3, 300, but after watching his 2013 tape we believe he was closer to the 275-280 pound range, at least in his contract year. The Raiders have been surprisingly lukewarm on keeping him. Houston is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent defensive end left on the market, behind Michael Johnson and ahead of Michael Bennett.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 8 Months

Raiders coach Dennis Allen says the team would like to re-sign impending free agent DE Lamarr Houston.

Speaking Monday, Allen responded to Houston's belief that the team would like to go in a different direction. "We'd love to have (Houston) back," Allen said. "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." Houston tallied a career-high 69 tackles and six sacks across 1,049 snaps this season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 11 4-3 defensive end. Going on 27, he'd generate big-time interest on the open market.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 8 Months

Impending free agent DE Lamarr Houston does not expect to re-sign with the Raiders.

Houston started all 16 games at right end this season, leading the team in sacks with six and grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 16 4-3 DE among 52 qualifiers. "I believe that 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," he said. Houston, who turns 27 in June, knows he won't be short on suitors.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI 12 Months

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie says he's been talking to LE Lamarr Houston's agent about a contract extension "for awhile."

Houston's agent is Drew Rosenhaus. He changed agents in January. Houston, arguably the Raiders' best player, is in the final year of his rookie deal. He started all 16 games and racked up 69 tackles and four sacks last season while grading out as Pro Football Focus' ninth-best 4-3 end. Through two games this season, Houston checks in at the No. 7 spot in Pro Football Focus' ratings. He's going to get a lot of money, just like ex-teammate Desmond Bryant did.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI Jul 28 '13

Raiders contract-year LE Lamarr Houston reported to training camp at 280 pounds, the slimmest he's been in the NFL.

Easily Oakland's best defensive lineman, Houston is coming off a 69-tackle, four-sack season and looking for more. Houston played at 305 pounds as a rookie and 290 last year. "Lamarr worked his tail off this offseason, and he is in the best shape he has been in since he's been here," coach Dennis Allen said. "He sees himself as an elite player, we see him as an elite player."

Lamarr Houston DL CHI Feb 24 '13

Coach Dennis Allen says moving LE Lamarr Houston to the 3-technique defensive tackle spot is "certainly a possibility."

Desmond Bryant held down the position last season, but he's a free agent, and the Raiders may not re-sign him. The 3-technique position is generally the pass-rushing defensive tackle spot. Houston has accumulated ten sacks in his first three seasons, while also being stout against the run.

Lamarr Houston DL CHI Jan 25 '12

Raiders LE Lamarr Houston has changed agents to Drew Rosenhaus.

Houston has two years left on his rookie deal, though he may begin angling for a raise after another big season. While the 24-year-old's sacks dipped in 2011, he was a high-impact run defender and pass rusher, the latter in terms of quarterback hurries. New Raiders coach Dennis Allen figures to use more standard 4-3 principles, so Houston may play more tackle going forward.