- Paul Gutierrez, ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter
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According to several reports, the Arizona Cardinals have made a big push for Veldheer, which would reunite him with former Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer. And while it is believed the Raiders have presented a preliminary offer to Veldheer and he was going over it over the weekend, the Baltimore Sun reported that Veldheer was “expected” to sign with Arizona for between “$7 million and $7.5 million” when free agency officially opens at 1 p.m. PT Tuesday.
This past weekend marked the window in which agents and teams could discuss potential contracts.
Several other reports have the Raiders kicking the tires on other tackles, including Eugene Monroe, considered the top left tackle on the market after four years in Jacksonville and last season in Baltimore, and Rodger Saffold, who spent last season playing right tackle and right guard in St. Louis. The Sun reported the Raiders were “expected” to sign Saffold for “roughly $8 million,” though he was still talking with Tampa Bay.
The Raiders have 17 of their own unrestricted free agents but also have close to $65 million in salary-cap space. Nothing, though, becomes official until Tuesday.
Losing Veldheer would seem to be a P.R. fail for the Raiders, who chose not to use the franchise tag on him that would have paid him $11.654 million this season. Unless, of course, they sign someone considered an upgrade, and to a more fiscally responsible contract.
While both Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen have said they want to retain left tackle Jared Veldheer, they are not the only ones interested in his services.