The Indianapolis Colts announced that they are promoting OT Jared Veldheer and RB Darius Anderson from their practice squad to the active roster.
We have elevated RB Darius Anderson to the active roster from the practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement and elevated T Jared Veldheer to the active roster from the practice squad for #INDvsBUF.
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 8, 2021
Veldheer, 33, is a former third-round pick of the Raiders back in 2010. After four years in Oakland, Veldheer signed a five-year, $35 million contract that included $10.5 million guaranteed with the Cardinals in March of 2014.
The Cardinals later traded Veldheer to the Broncos in exchange for a sixth-round pick. He made a base salary of $6.5 million for the 2018 season.
The Patriots then signed Veldheer to a one-year, $6.5 million deal but he retired a few months later. Vehldeer was claimed off of waivers by the Packers after he came out of retirement and was released by the Patriots.
Veldheer expressed a desire to keep playing in 2020 and was set to join the Cowboys, but once again changed his mind and opted to stay retired. However, he officially signed with the Colts’ practice squad and was promoted last week before reverting to the taxi squad.
In 2020, Veldheer started one game for the Colts in Week 17.