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

NFL Rumors: Oakland Raiders upset they lost Jared Veldheer


The Oakland Raiders have been busy in free agency, making several signings, but have also lost a few of their own marquee players, including defensive end Lamarr Houston and offensive lineman Jared Veldheer.

The Raiders tried to replace Veldheer, who signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals, with Rodger Saffold, but the deal did not work out and he returned to the St. Louis Rams.

Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Gate asked Raiders’ general manager Reggie McKenzie about the offseason at the NFL Owners’ meetings in Orlando.

Veldheer came up when I was actually asking about the botched Rodger Saffold signing, and if that was a setback, considering the players the Raiders lost out on on the first day of free agency.

“No, “McKenzie said. “It really wasn’t a setback. … The setback was the one that got away from us.

“Losing Veldheer was a blow to me. He didn’t want to come back. It wasn’t about finances. The kid didn’t want to play for the Raiders anymore, and I struggled with that.”

McKenzie said it was “the same boat” with departed defensive end Lamarr Houston but “he was a little more sincere about wanting to come back.”

The Raiders wound up signing Austin Howard away from the Jets.

Tags: Jared Veldheer Oakland Raiders Reggie McKenzie Rodger Saffold

  • 757Raiderfan

    O well. If they don’t wanna play gotta let them walk. Bring in people who do

  • Raider Grant

    The players left as they don’t believe in Raiders game plan. This should be sign for Mark Davis & McKenzie that the Raiders require a coach that players will believe in & has a game plan. Dennis Allen biggest mistake McKenzie has made. You can’t build through draft if your boys walk first chance they get. Everyone keeps saying McKenzies hand were tied with bad contract & cap $$$: but that had nothing to do with coach he brought in, or his horrible decision during two off seasons(draft/FA). You can’t build through draft by taking bogus picks on a gut feeling. I want the best for my beloved Raiders, but the new regime started out wrong & has only proven to be going in wrong direction. It’s a revolving door if you can’t keep personnel on board. Go Raiders!

  • KloverJane

    An utter travesty. And I don’t buy it.