The Oakland Raiders decided not to cough up the massive dollar amount to franchise tag left tackle Jared Veldheer. The team and Veldheer were also not able to reach a deal before free agents are allowed to meet with other teams today. As a result, the Miami Dolphins are shown some interest in the left tackle.
Per the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson:
“And the Dolphins today also reached out to Oakland free agent
left tackle Jared Veldheer
, who missed 11 games last season with a torn triceps. Veldheer is an option if Miami doesn't sign Albert or Saffold or Monroe.”
This is turning out to be very good news for the Raiders because the Dolphins view Veldheer as a back-up plan to Eugene Monroe
, Rodger Saffold
, and Branden Albert. General manager Reggie McKenzie
seems unwilling to overpay to keep any of the Raiders free agents. He allowed Veldheer to test the market and that gamble could pay off. If teams view Veldheer like the Dolphins, it will help solidify his market value and give the Raiders a better idea of what teams are willing to pay for his services.
Veldheer will certainly want to squeeze as much value as he can out of his free agency. A decision does not seem imminent, unless a team blows him away with an offer. In any case, the Raiders should have final say in matching offers for Veldheer. McKenzie has displayed confidence throughout the negotiations with Veldheer through his actions. Those instincts could save the Raiders a few million if teams won't overspend to entice Veldheer out of Oakland
Tags: Eugene Monroe
, free agent
, Jared Veldheer
, Miami Dolphins
, Oakland Raiders
, Reggie McKenzie
, Rodger Saffold
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