Outside linebacker Lamarr Houston is officially walking away from professional football. Houston, who last played in 2017, signed a one-day contract with Las Vegas Raiders to retire as a member of the franchise.
After Houston inked the deal, the Raiders immediately placed him on reserve/retired list. The 32-year-old commemorated this moment via Instagram post in which he wrote: “Thank you Raiders, for the excellent send-off. Here’s to the next chapter!”
Lamarr Houston was Raiders’ second round pick in 2010 out of Texas. In his first four years in the league, Houston established himself as a productive OLB, playing every game and contributing with 16.0 sacks and 228 tackles. This great run landed him a $35 million deal with Chicago Bears 2014.
Houston’s time in Chicago, however, got off to a bad start. Midway through the first season, he tore his ACL while celebrating a sack on New England Patriots’ quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Although he bounced back with career high 8.0 sacks in 2015, another ACL injury the following season brought his NFL career to near end.
Since then, Houston went on to play just 10 games and wasn’t able to land a job since 2017.