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Raiders, Jared Veldheer talking contract

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The Raiders just got left tackle Jared Veldheer back in the lineup after he tore his triceps in August and they don’t want to risk losing him in the future.

Veldheer can be an unrestricted free agent after the season, but the Raiders are already working to make sure that he isn’t playing anywhere but Oakland in 2014.

“They’re in talks right now,” Veldheer said in an interview with 95.7 FM, via CSNBayArea.com. “I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about finishing the year out and playing these last four games. I want to help this team as much as possible and to help turn that page and get going where we need to go. I believe that, if I handle that and play as well as I can play, good things will follow there. I’m really hoping and I’m pretty confident that I’ll continue to keep playing in Oakland.”

There weren’t many successes in the personnel department in the final years of Al Davis’ life, but Veldheer was one of them. The 2010 third-round pick from Hillsdale College has been a starter since his rookie year, turning in consistently strong performances for an offense that was often in flux around him.

Veldheer picked up where he left off on Thanksgiving as he held Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware in check in his first game action of the season, which is just another reason why his days in silver and black are likely to continue indefinitely.

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22 Responses to “Raiders, Jared Veldheer talking contract”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 10:00 AM

    No way Jared gets away, nope.

  2. raiderlyfe510 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:09 AM

    Why isn’t he signed yet? Veldheer is the man.

  3. 65impala says: Dec 3, 2013 10:24 AM

    Don’t do it Jared, you will never win a S.B. in Oakland!

  4. mpoles says: Dec 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    Prediction:

    1. He gets paid.
    2. He gets paid biiiiiiig.
    3. Several people who don’t know as much about football as they think they do criticise the Raiders for paying that much to a player who has never even been selected to a single Pro Bowl.

    Oakland has huge amounts of cap space for next year. Veldheer is one the the league’s elite tackles (I would advance an argument that while is one of the best pass protecting OLTs, he may actually be the number 1 at run blocking.)

    I remember in one of his very first preseason games as a rookie, when he was playing centre, and the Raiders ran a QB sneak behind him and got something like eight yards. Even though he was playing with the third team then, you could tell he had something.

    Interesting that WR Andre Holmes, who had a breakout game against Dallas, is also from Hillsdale College.

  5. seatownballers says: Dec 3, 2013 10:54 AM

    Raiders have one seventy million spend next season. Its smart to lock up your best guys, rather than going on spree In free agency. Because we all know that free agents usually don’t pan out

  6. MyTeamsAllStink says: Dec 3, 2013 11:02 AM

    Get this stud locked up long term.He Wiz and Watson can be building blocks to what could be a dominant offensive line.

  7. mizzousooner says: Dec 3, 2013 11:04 AM

    Well, obviously your average Raider fan thinks Veldheer is already a hall of famer, which is nonsense, but Raider fans have done this forever.

    He is a decent player tho, and Oakland has lots of cap space, might as well sign the guy.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    My man looked well fit before the season started. He looked like a young Lou Ferigno.

  9. goraidersgospurs says: Dec 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    I want this guy back just as much as my fellow raiders fan but please don’t over pay, lets start the new era of Raiders contract offer off on a diffrent note, R.I.P Al Davis!!!

  10. r8dernation says: Dec 3, 2013 12:11 PM

    mizzousooner says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:04 AM
    Well, obviously your average Raider fan thinks Veldheer is already a hall of famer, which is nonsense, but Raider fans have done this forever.
    _________________________________

    When the Hall of Fame has so many Hall of Famers from the Hall of Fame Raiders, it’s easy to think that the Hall of Fame will add this guy as a future Hall of Famer, along with all the Future Hall of Famers that have not been inducted yet to the Hall of Fame.

  11. DonKellyBaby says: Dec 3, 2013 12:15 PM

    Veldheer was one of my guides when I went on my recruiting visit to Hillsdale in 2008.

    Awesome guy, who’s worked hard to get where he is now.

  12. tooz72 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:22 PM

    Hulk sign. Hulk like money

  13. tooz72 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:23 PM

    mizzousooner says:
    Dec 3, 2013 11:04 AM
    Well, obviously your average Raider fan thinks Veldheer is already a hall of famer, which is nonsense, but Raider fans have done this forever.

    He is a decent player tho, and Oakland has lots of cap space, might as well sign the guy.

    yeah, like you Mizzou fans thought Gabbert was God

  14. JSpicoli says: Dec 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    $57 Million under the cap.

    BUILD ME AN OLINE REGGIE

    –Raiderfan

  15. war27 says: Dec 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    Not only did he keep Ware in check he made the Cowboys give up on using Ware on his side at one point.

  16. pieromania says: Dec 3, 2013 12:52 PM

    Had hoped he’d hit the open market and go the route of Cliff Avril & Michael Bennett to sign a short deal with Seattle yet still making decent money in an attempt to get a ring. Wishful thinking, but was a hope none the less. Wish him luck regardless.

  17. radrntn says: Dec 3, 2013 1:50 PM

    well first thing first – sign him 5 years- 35 million or less 5 next , then 6 mil, 7mil, 8mill 9 mill, 3 yr guaranteed- club option 4, and 5.

    Do the same for Lamarr Houston.

    Now as far as comment as “not many successes in the later years of Al Davis….then please explain this. In his last 5 drafts..how are guys like Jacoby Ford, DMC, T. Branch, Velhdeer , Houston, Wiz, Chimdi, Taiwan, D. Moore , and Terelle Pryor still on the team, and other picks like Dez Bryant, Matt, Shaugnessy, Brandon Myers, Stevie Brown, DHB, Mike Mitchell, Michael Bush, Zach Miller, Walter McFadden, and Joseph Barksdale, all are able to be on other teams and start…

  18. str8cashomie17 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:12 PM

    Arguably the most underrated LT in the game. Get em signed big reg!!

  19. raideralex99 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:34 PM

    Building a great OL is the key … Remember the glory days with Otto, Upshaw, Shell.
    You want to know why the Raiders have been losing for the last decade.
    Stop worrying about finding your future franchise QB … with a great OL any average QB or RB will look great.

  20. rayguyreturns says: Dec 3, 2013 6:25 PM

    Veldeer is a bright bulb that outshone the overpaid dim bulbs who were on the team in the last 5 years. ( I.e. Kelly, Routt, etc)

  21. raiderapologist says: Dec 3, 2013 6:59 PM

    mizzousooner says: Dec 3, 2013 11:04 AM

    Well, obviously your average Raider fan thinks Veldheer is already a hall of famer, which is nonsense, but Raider fans have done this forever.
    He is a decent player tho, and Oakland has lots of cap space, might as well sign the guy.
    —————
    He’s been out all year with a partially torn triceps, and in his first game back he made Ware disappear. I hope Oakland signs the poor kid and puts a little money in his pocket, because he doesn’t have much of a chance to catch on with another team.

  22. raiders85 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:00 AM

    I would put him in the top half of lt in the league needs more consistency but for anyone to knock him needs to stop playing fantasy football and watch a real game when he makes pass rushers disappear it’s funny people hate the raiders and that’s fine but you look ignorant saying he isn’t a solid very good football player this team is a lot closer than people think and as cute and original as it is to put them down actually watch them play before running your mouth

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