Raiders impending free agent LT Jared Veldheer joined 95.7 The GAME Monday afternoon to discuss his contract situation and a possible return to Oakland next season.
Veldheer reiterated during the interview that he wants to re-sign with the Raiders and “would love to get something done soon.”
However, Veldheer mentioned that talks between the two parties haven’t been progressing as fast as he would like adding; “I’d like to see a little more urgency.”
Veldheer, 26, is set to hit the open market in the coming weeks and figures to be one of most sought after left tackles in free agency. He suffered a partially torn triceps back in August, and although there was talk that he could be placed on season-ending injured reserve, he managed to return in Week 13.
According to Veldheer, triceps injury has not only healed well, but he now has his strength back.
The Raiders have plenty of cap space to work this offseason and could possibly get an agreement in place before the start of free agency. Oakland also has their franchise tag at their disposal, but that would run them close to $11.2 million for the 2014 season.
Even with the injury, Veldheer looks to be in a position to command a sizable contract if he’s allowed to reach free agency. Based on the contracts that have been handed out to free agent left tackles in recent years, there is at least a chance that he could come close to Jake Long‘s four-year, $34 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed given that he’s still 26-years-old and has been solid left tackle before his injury.
We have Veldheer currently listed as the No. 14 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.