Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer (68) during the third quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Jared Veldheer expected to leave Oakland, Arizona likely destination


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With one more day until the start of NFL Free Agency on March 11, it is being reported by multiple sources that the Oakland Raiders are likely to lose left tackle Jared Veldheer.

Yesterday it was reported by Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that the Arizona Cardinals were interested in Veldheer to come in as a cheaper option than fellow LT Branden Albert, who is expected to earn a big payday in a move to the Miami Dolphins. Today it is being reported that Veldheer is expected to sign in Arizona and the Raiders left tackle will be doing so for a number that is much lower than expected.

A report from the Baltimore Sun on Sunday night says the Cardinals are expected to sign Veldheer for a deal between $7 million and $7.5 million.

Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals for between $7 million and $7.5 million.

That report was confirmed further this morning when NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport tweeted Veldheer amongst the list of names that are expected to leave their current teams when free agency officially opens.

This recent development won’t help ease the minds of Raider fans who have been questioning the direction of general manager Reggie McKenzie since the franchise tagging period passed and into the weekend tampering period where the Raiders have been ultra-quiet with the exception of the potential signing of Rodger Saffold. Veldheer has his concerns after missing 11 games last season and still has yet to develop a reputation as more than another starting left tackle, but he is/was the best offensive talent that was on the Oakland roster. More reports will tell us the rest of this story and Veldheer isn’t gone yet, but for now it appears that the Raiders saga under Reggie McKenzie is going to continue as one that is more about deconstruction and less about rebuilding.

With many question marks heading into March 11, losing the franchise’s beloved offensive tackle isn’t going to help cool the hot seat that McKenzie has placed himself under. Bankrolling the Raiders rebuild on cap space and draft picks, the Black Hole wants to see buying and not selling in March which is making the lack of reports of Oakland activity concerning for now.

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  • KloverJane

    Bastards. I blame him and the front office for this debacle. If he goes that offensive line is nothing. Who’s going to protect the blind side? In fact, who’s even under center that needs protecting? I guess GM wasnt the answer after all these years either. An utter travesty. This franchise has been ruined, wrecked, and destroyed. Smfh.

  • Guido

    If he walks I want RM to follow him out the door

  • Mike McCarthy

    Instead of over-reacting just wait and see where we are when the dust settles. Unless all you care about is complaining, then keep making these inflammatory remarks.

  • eddytap

    you guys are stupid. At 7 million, obviously it’s not about money. the guys wants to leave regardless of all the flowery crap he’s been putting out. What can Reggie do if this is the case?

  • eric Coleman

    I’m throwing away all my raider stuff reggie Mckenzie is the Damnnnn worst how the hell you let someone that was drafted n groomed by this team leave I’m done this team is always gonna be garbage with this man in the office

  • eric Coleman

    So true bother so true

  • michael scarpino

    Just wait and see , it’s free agency you never no if they come back with a counter offer

  • Brian Huth

    Don’t believe this BS. This is a story that’s written because there is nothing else to write about. They missed the one about the Raiders on the verge of signing Eugene Monroe.

  • DanfromVegas

    Goodbye, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Raiders for life!

  • KloverJane

    Ditto

  • KloverJane

    I know you weren’t talking to me. We are not sure if it’s money or the usual lack of action about resigning a player that knows this system. Which means him being drafted and allowed to walk has been an utter waste of time. It’s a joke. And that’s a fact. He’s a cornerstone on offense and someone new puts us back at zero. I’m allowed to be pissed off about it. Why? Because it isn’t right. It isn’t stupid and I’m not laughing about it.

  • KloverJane

    Blind ambition fails.

  • KloverJane

    Look where we are. Two years the dust has been settling from the revamp. It’s time for action and losing Veldeer over a couple million and lack of action is more dust being kicked up. Based on your passive approach analogy. Try reading what Marcel said recently. Take the time and look it up. We need some bold loud moves in a positive direction. I want good news now. I’ve been patient since…..every year!!!!!!!!

  • Tom Mitchel

    Eric leave!!!!WE DON’T NEED YOU AND TAKE KLOVER JANE WITH YOU , WE WANT HARD CORE FANS ONLY LONG LIVE THE RAIDERS AND IT’S FANS

  • eric Coleman

    Who cares what you think fool what I said is true take care of your own first and the gm don’t get that

  • eric Coleman

    Yea yea

  • Tom Mitchel

    eric coleman WHEN YOU SAID YOUR THROWING AWAY YOUR RAIDER GEAR BECAUSE YOUR A NO GOOD WANKER RAIDER FAN JUST GO AWAY YOU ARE NOT A RAIDER FAN

  • eric Coleman

    Believe me there Tom iam a fan I want them to do well just like you

  • Mike McCarthy

    Yes because we have been so successful with them on the team!

  • KloverJane

    When Veldeer wasn’t on the field all year, who ran for their lives every game? Terrelle and McGloin. Who pass rushed with the most success this season? Houston. Your argument is without merit.

  • KloverJane

    I am hardcore you skip jack.

  • Tom Mitchel

    PROUD TO BE A RAIDER FAN AND NSA TOOL

  • KloverJane

    Based on that pic. Lol. Do you have to let people know when you move into a new neighborhood?

  • Tom Mitchel

    ONLY BECAUSE IM ONE CRAZY DUDE NOT LIKE YOU A BOY TRAPED IN A GIRLS BODY

  • KloverJane

    Crazy as a moon bat. How’d you like the Run DMc resigning? Is he trapped? Or do we think he can stay healthy for 16 games?

  • KloverJane

    I guess Saffolds the guy. Upgrade?

  • eric Coleman

    How do ya’ll feel now we didn’t do shit the gm is holding on to that $$ like it’s his so many holes and all we got was a LT that his own team didn’t want really this gm is the worst ppl are tired of this losing way period

  • Tom Mitchel

    I DONT BUT IT’S LIFE

  • KloverJane

    You don’t like the signing or think he can last 16 games for once? Its life…Lol Well don’t accept mediocrity. And you said you were hardcore…

  • Tom Mitchel

    I WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE RAIDERS SIGNING MCFADDEN,BUT SINCE IT’S ONLY 1.7M BASE WITH MORE MONEY IF HE CAN STAY HEALTHY AND PUT UP SUM GOOD YARDS IF HE CANT GOOD BYE AND FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN STAY HEALTHY

  • KloverJane

    Ok Tom you’ve redeemed yourself. Lol. He might pair with Andre Brown…lest we forget Latavius Murray too. The Autumn wind cometh. ..