Veteran OT Jared Veldheer Will Retire Again, Won’t Sign With Cowboys


According to Todd Archer, veteran free-agent OT Jared Veldheer won’t sign with the Cowboys following his workout and has instead opted to retire again. 

Jared Veldheer

Veldheer retired last offseason shortly after signing a contract with the Patriots and was cut soon after. However, he ended up returning late in the year with the Packers.

He had previously expressed a desire to keep playing in 2020 and Dallas had need of a veteran after injuries had the Cowboys down to their fourth and fifth offensive tackles. 

But it appears Veldheer has changed his mind once again. 

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 signed Veldheer to a one-year, $6.5 million last offseason 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. 

In 2019, Veldheer played in two games for the Packers. He received a 64.1 grade from Pro Football Focus in 98 snaps, which would have ranked him No. 49 out of 82 tackles if he had enough snaps to qualify. 

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