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    ALAMEDA, Calif. Cody Eakin Jersey . -- The Oakland Raiders opened free agency on Tuesday by agreeing to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with offensive lineman Rodger Saffold and keeping oft-injured running back Darren McFadden on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million. Oakland and former New York Jets right tackle Austin Howard also agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract, with $15 million guaranteed, according to two people with knowledge of the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Raiders had not announced the signing. ESPN first reported Howards deal. But the day was just as notable for the players who left town. Left tackle Jared Veldheer and defensive end Lamarr Houston, considered building blocks in the rebuilding plan, signed as free agents with Arizona and Chicago, respectively. Also, last years leading rusher Rashad Jennings said on Twitter that he was flying to New York and was looking forward to signing a deal with the Giants. After two years of being hamstrung by bad contracts that left little room to manoeuvr, general manager Reggie McKenzie was able to spend for the first time with about $60 million in cap room at the start of the league year. But he chose not to use the franchise tag on either Veldheer or Houston and gave the biggest contract of his tenure to Saffold. Saffold is guaranteed $21.5 million in the deal. He will be paid $16 million for next season and $27.6 million over the first three years in a sign that the Raiders valued the injury-prone Saffold over the home-grown Veldheer. ESPN first reported the terms. Veldheer, a third-round pick in 2010 out of Hillsdale College, had been one of the better acquisitions by late owner Al Davis in his later years running the team, starting 42 consecutive games at left tackle before tearing his triceps in training camp last summer. He missed 11 games last year and did not play up to the level he was at in 2012 after his return. Saffold is a versatile blocker with experience playing both tackle spots and right guard in four seasons with St. Louis. But he has had problems with durability, missing 17 games with a variety of injuries. Howard spent the last three years with the Jets, and started every game the last two seasons after winning the job at right tackle over Wayne Hunter before the 2012 season. The 6-foot-7, 333-pound Howard signed with Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent out of Northern Illinois in 2010. He joined Baltimores practice squad in 2011, and signed by the Jets to their active roster a few weeks later. McFadden had been considered one of the many first-round disappointments in Davis final draft. Picked fourth overall out of Arkansas in 2008, McFadden has missed 29 games in six seasons and never gone through a full season healthy. McFadden had his biggest success in two years with Hue Jackson calling plays, averaging more than 5 yards per carry in 2010 and 11. But he has averaged just 3.3 yards per carry the past two seasons, second-worst in the NFL in that span to the recently retired Rashard Mendenhall. A move from a zone-blocking to a power scheme was supposed to spark McFadden last season but he rushed for just 379 yards and averaged 3.3 yards per carry in 10 games. Jennings was considered a stronger possibility to come back after setting career highs with 733 yards rushing, 292 yards receiving and six touchdowns. 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They were handling business against San Diego, and two other games transpiring elsewhere were going exactly as they needed.In the end, the Chiefs were the only ones who held on.Kansas City beat the Chargers 19-7 to eliminate them from playoff contention, but was knocked out itself when Baltimore rallied past Cleveland and Houston did the same against Jacksonville.Were all disappointed not to make the playoffs, Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said. I think the team, the coaching staff realizes we had the opportunity and we just didnt get it done.Kansas City (9-7) squandered numerous chances in losses to Denver, Arizona and San Francisco, any of which would have gotten the Chiefs into the playoffs for the second straight year.We were 7-3 at one point, sort of got on a slide at the back end of the season that was uncharacteristic of us as a team, said Chase Daniel, who started Sunday for injured quarterback Alex Smith. But at the same time, you end the season on a high note, with a victory.There were other high notes, too. Cairo Santos kicked four field goals to cap a solid rookie season, and Daniel played relatively error free while Smith sat out with a lacerated spleen.Then there was Justin Houston, who had four sacks to finish with 22 on the season, breaking the franchise record set by Derrick Thomas in 1990. Houston had a few minutes left to try to get the NFL record of 22 1/2 set by Michael Strahan in 2001, but mostly fell into pass coverage.Im still heartbroken about not going to the playoffs. Thats what I set my goals on, Houston said. The individual records, itll mean something when Im done playing. Theres nothing more important than putting the ring on.The Chargers (9-7) never gave themselves much of a chance in a game they need to win to reach the playoffs, falling to their AFC West rival for the second time this season.Nick Novak missed a 52-yard field goal attempt late in the third quarter. Midway through the fourth, a touchdown pass to Eddie Royal was overturned by a video review when the ball appeared to skip off the turf — San Diego went for it onn fourth down and Philip Rivers threw incomplete. Nicolas Hague Jersey. Then with about 4 minutes left, Donald Brown was stuffed on fourth-and-1 at the Chiefs 20.Rivers was intercepted for a second time in the closing seconds of the game.Thats the most disappointing thing. For everything that was at stake and for us to play we did, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said. Im just very disappointed.Rivers finished with 291 yards passing to go over 4,000 in a season for the sixth time, though he also threw two interceptions. Branden Oliver ran for 71 yards and a touchdown.We fought like crazy, Rivers said. Theres soon to be 20 teams that will be sitting in our same position, and theyre disappointed to not be moving on. But we fought to the end. We won nine football games and fell one short of getting ourselves a 17th game.INJURY WOES: The Chargers began the game without running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Keenan Allen and centre Chris Watt. They ended it without right tackle D.J. Fluker, cornerback Shareece Wright, wide receiver Eddie Royal and safety Marcus Gilchrist due to injuries.SANTOS SHINES: Not only did Santos match the franchise rookie record of 25 field goals in a season set by Ryan Succop, the kicker he beat out for the job in training camp, he also passed Jan Steneruds rookie record of 112 points. Im happy with him and the progress hes made, Reid said, but we also have to do better in the red zone.CHARLES HITS 1,000: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles only ran for 53 yards, but he still passed 1,000 for the fifth time. That includes three straight since he tore his ACL.SACK CITY: Houston may have had four sacks, but the rest of the Chiefs added three more to the tally. There were other guys who were getting pressure, Chargers offensive lineman Chad Rinehart said. It was a team effort and he was the guy out there who was getting the finished product.SEASON SWEEP: The Chiefs wrapped up their first back-to-back winning seasons since 2005-06 by sweeping the Chargers for the first time since 2003. They beat us twice this year, Rivers said, so they were the better team. 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