The Oakland Raiders lost their starting left tackle in free agency when Jared Veldheer signed with the Arizona Cardinals. As a result of this, much of the Raider Nation was very upset and blamed general manager Reggie McKenzie for losing one of their home grown guys.
But this morning on 95.7 The Game, John Middlekauff dropped an absolute bomb on fans.
According to Middlekauff, the negotiations between the Raiders and Veldheer got incredibly emotional and it played a major role in the deal not getting done. He said that Veldheer’s brother was “impossible to deal with” from what his sources were telling him. He went on to say that he felt like there was a decent chance that Veldheer would still be with the Raiders if had a normal, third party agent who was not emotionally involved.
Middlekauff discussed the fact that McKenzie would have to approach the negotiations treating Veldheer like a commodity, because that’s what he is in that scenario. Middlekauff hypothesized that the way McKenzie talked about Veldheer for the purpose of explaining why he was offering the contract he was could have upset Veldheer’s brother.
He also stated that he was confident the Raiders had, or were willing to offer Veldheer $8.5 million a year (though he was not certain about guaranteed money) and make him a very highly paid tackle. If all of this is true, it really shines a light on what happened with Veldheer.