According to a report, the Arizona Cardinals have made signing free-agent tackle Jared Veldheer of the Oakland Raiders a top priority.
The Arizona Republic reported Sunday that with Branden Albert, one of the top left tackles in free agency, apparently headed to the Miami Dolphins, the Cardinals will step up its effort to land Veldheer, who is three years younger than Albert and will likely require less coin to sign.
The Raiders did not use its franchise or transition tag on Veldheer last week but the team was in discussions up with Veldheer and his representatives until Thursday. Reportedly, Oakland has offered Veldheer a contract and the 26-year-old was reportedly going to weigh his options over the weekend, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport on Thursday via Twitter:
Update on #Raiders & Jared Veldheer: He’s going to take his decision into the weekend, weigh his options and the market. Nothing imminent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2014
Unrestricted free agents cannot visit or sign with teams until noon Pacific, but team representatives and player agents could begin discussing contracts on Saturday.
Veldheer missed the first 11 games of last season after tearing his triceps in the preseason. He was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2010 out of Hillsdale College in Michigan.