Jared Veldheer among top-10 offseason signings


TEMPE, Ariz. -- It didn’t take long for Cardinals left tackle Jared Veldheer to make his presence known around the NFL.

 He was signed to be a cornerstone of Arizona’s offensive line, and he was recognized as that on Wednesday. ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando ranked Veldheer the 10thh-best offseason pickup.

“The Cardinals badly needed a left tackle and were willing to pay a premium for Veldheer. They have not regretted the investment,” Sando wrote.

Sando also explained that Veldheer is the sixth-ranked tackle, according to Pro Football Focus’ grading.

It’s a good place for Veldheer to be. The less you hear about offensive linemen, the better, and Veldheer hasn’t been talked about much as Arizona has started 9-3 despite losing two in a row. Veldheer is among 18 tackles who have allowed one or none sacks this season, per PFF.

Sando said cornerback Antonio Cromartie was also considered for the list. Cromartie is having one of the best seasons of his career and his best year since 2007 and 2008. He’s a top-10 corner, according to PFF’s grading of cornerbacks in coverage.