The Oakland Raiders are looking to complete a deal for their franchise left tackle Jared Veldheer before free agency begins in March. Today, the Philadelphia Eagles set the market by extending their Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters. Both Veldheer and the Raiders can use that as a jumping off point in the negotiations.
ESPN's Adam Schefter through Peter's agent is reporting the extension is for four years and 41.3 million dollars. That adds to his one year, 10 million dollar contract giving him a grand total of five years and 51.3 million with 19.55 million guaranteed.
Peters and Veldheer have much in common. Both returned last season from devastating injuries. Peters played in all 16 games after tearing his Achilles and missing the entire 2012 season. Veldheer tore his triceps which caused him to miss 11 games before returning and starting the final five. Both are considered franchise left tackles and anchors on the offensive line.
Veldheer has never made a Pro Bowl, but has played at that level. Peters is a six time Pro Bowl player and a two time first team All-Pro. Peters is 32 years old and this will more than likely be his last NFL contract. Veldheer is only 26 years old and just finished out his rookie deal. This will be his opportunity to earn the pay day he deserves.
With these similarities and differences, the Raiders can look at the Peters deal as a blueprint. Although Veldheer doesn't have the same accolades, he is worth near the same money. If the Raiders offered five years for 50 million and 20 million up front, it would be a good deal for both parties. It would only cost the Raiders about 15 percent of their 60 plus million in salary cap space this offseason. The Raiders also have the option of using the franchise tag on Veldheer for one year, but getting the long term deal must be the priority.
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