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

Jared Veldheer fires agent, now represented by brother

Oakland Raiders star left tackle Jared Veldheer is arguably one of the top five impending free agents this offseason, and he is fully expected to hit the open market after frustratingly slow negotiations with the Raiders. I’m honestly surprised and disappointed that the Raiders, who boast copious cap space, haven’t re-signed  Veldheer, as he is the best player on the team and clearly somebody they need to keep around. Rodger Saffold has been mentioned as the most likely replacement for Veldheer, who is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals with Branden Albert expected to sign a $10 million per year deal with the Miami Dolphins shortly after the start of free agency (Albert was previously viewed as the Cardinals top target, but Veldheer is the better player in my book).

In an interesting development, FOX Sports 910′s Mike Jurecki reports that Veldheer has fired his agent and  will now be represented by his brother James. I’m not sure how this affects negotiations, but it could be a sign that the uber-talented left tackle is looking to sign elsewhere.

Veldheer is expected to sign for $7-7.5 million, and that’s a steal for the 26-year-old. He’s not quite as good as Eugene Monroe, but he’s close. It will be interesting to see if the Raiders can re-sign him before free agency hits, but it looks like he’s gone.

Tags: Arizona Cardinals Jared Veldheer Oakland Raiders

  • Andy Losik

    Jared made the switch to his brother a year or so ago. “James” who goes by Aaron had handled all talks with the Raiders dating back to the the 2013 off-season. The switch is not in any way “a sign that the uber-talented left tackle is looking to sign elsewhere.” Aaron is extremely versed in sports marketing and negotiations. This is however his first big contract he will have negotiated.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Thanks for the info, Andy, as I was not familiar with this at all. Based on how you described things, it seems like the opposite is true; the switch would likely help the Raiders more.

  • KloverJane

    This offensive line is nothing without Veldeer. Absolutely nothing! Yet another player we’re letting get away no doubt. All quiet on the western front. They haven’t reshaped the roster in any way.
    I am awestruck in the process they’ve got going on in that front office. The game Stratego is not used for real world events in the theater of battle.