The Oakland Raiders may very well need to say goodbye to left tackle Jared Veldheer. Only a few days ago, there were rumors that Veldheer was on the verge of re-signing with the team that drafted him. Those rumors were soon debunked and now things are looking more and more like the Raiders may have to start looking for a new left tackle.
The Raiders have said that they will not overspend, but before free agency has even begun, it is already appearing as though a lot of guys will price themselves out of what general manager Reggie McKenzie is looking to pay. With an increase in cap space and a new minimum spending requirement, teams are breaking the banks and free agents all over the league are receiving big time contracts.
The 2014 free agent class is getting PAID.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 9, 2014
Now, with reports that the Miami Dolphins (last season’s big spenders) have reached out to Veldheer, things may begin to look grim for the Raiders chances of re-signing him. After all, it was the Dolphins who overpaid Philip Wheeler last season, luring him away from the Raiders with an absurdly large contract.
The Dolphins are also reportedly interested in Eugene Monroe and Branden Albert. But since those are the top two left tackles in free agency, Veldheer may be a more attractive option for many teams who want an upgrade at tackle but will not break the bank for either of those two.
If so, the Raiders could find themselves with yet another major hole on their roster this off season.
It now looks like the Arizona Cardinals have also begun to court the young Raiders left tackle.
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) March 9, 2014
The interest from other teams is not surprising. And it could work either way for the Raiders. If these teams do not offer a boat load, Veldheer may very well decide Oakland is the best place for him and accept whatever deal is on the table. On the other hand, all of the attention may drive him to believe he is worth the bitter pay day.