Defensive end Lamarr Houston said Sunday it’s “very possible” he has played his last game as a Raider. That’s certainly not what he wants.

The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent said the Raiders coaching staff might be interested in a better fit for their system. That’s certainly not how Dennis Allen feels.

Such sentiment suggests that contract talks have gone sour. Sources have indicated that’s not the case.

With the start of free agency more than two months away, there is nothing urgent regarding Houston’s status. There is also nothing negative coming from contract talks. Exchanges have been both fair and cordial.

While there’s obviously a gap in value between player and club – a deal would’ve been done if figures matched – Houston is a player the Raiders would like to retain.

All things being equal, Houston wants to remain a Raider.

That belief gained strength after Houston and Allen had a productive meeting on Monday that quashed any issues stemming from Houston’s comments following a season-ending loss to Denver.