- Pauline adds that it’s not clear whether the Raiders would use their franchise or transition tag on Houston, but Pauline seems to think the transition tag may make the most sense.
The transition tag would give the Raiders the ability to match any offer Houston receives from a prospective team on the open market. However, should Houston sign with a new team and the Raiders refuse to match the offer, then they wouldn’t receive any compensation like they would with the franchise tag.
Houston, 26, played and started all 16 games this season. He totaled 69 tackles, six sacks and two forced fumbles. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 16 defensive end in a 4-3 system.
The Raiders have an exorbitant amount of cap space at their disposal, so they really should be afraid of losing him to a market-value contract within reason, assuming that they even choose to go this route.
We have Houston listed as the No. 21 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.