It's the final day of the tampering period means free agency is tomorrow. Many rumblings and reports have been happening which were chronicled in yesterday's free agent rumblings open thread.
A quick recap of yesterday's free agent news that could affect the Raiders:
The Vikings re-signed defensive end Everson Griffen to a 5-year, $42 million deal.
Giants free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said he wants to play for a big time quarterback which the Raiders do not have.
Instead of ensuring Veldheer doesn't leave for Arizona, the Raiders are looking at several offensive tackles to replace him including Eugene Monroe and Rodger Saffold.
Lamarr Houston is said to have received interest from Reggie McKenzie's old team, the Green Bay Packers.
That was the news to this point that concerned the Raiders in some regard.
The Seahawks have re-signed defensive end MIchael Bennett. He was the top remaining defensive end on the market and becomes the first player from my Raiders free agent wishlist series to come off the board. His signing is reported as a 4-year. $28.5 million deal which is a sizable discount to return to the reigning Super Bowl Champions. That helps to set the market for Lamarr Houston who is also among the top expected free agents.
Now the Bears have joined the Lamarr Houston sweepstakes. They were hoping to land Michael Bennett and with him no longer an option, they have turned their efforts to reeling in Houston. This makes two known teams interested in him and when teams are competing for a player, he usually get (over)paid. We'll see how it plays out but it isn't looking good for Lamarr Houston returning to the Raiders.
I will continue to update this article as things transpire throughout the day. Expect things to heat up as it reaches its conclusion.