Cardinals Sign Jared Veldheer

WEDNESDAY, 7:34pm: Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk has the full details on Veldheer’s deal. The tackle has a full-guaranteed base salary of $1.25MM in 2014 and a $3MM full-guaranteed base in 2015. He has an additional $3MM guaranteed for injury in 2015, which will become fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 league year. In 2016, $3.5MM in base salary is guaranteed only for injury and becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of that year’s league year. The full base salary in 2016 is $6.5MM, which is the same for 2017 and 2018.

From 2014-2017, Veldheer can earn a bit more than $31K for each game played, maxing out at $500K. The contract also has $2.5MM in potential escalators, as well as a $500K annual Pro Bowl bonus.

Florio mentions that the Raiders did not view Veldheer as a “high-end left tackle” and instead envisioned him on the right side. The Cardinals intend to play him at left tackle.

TUESDAY, 6:05pm: Details of Veldheer’s contract are becoming more clear, as Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports the $35MM deal includes $17MM in guaranteed money and a $6.25MM signing bonus (via Twitter).

3:09pm: The Cardinals have reached agreement on a five-year, $35MM deal with former Raiders tackle Jared Veldheer, tweets Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Veldheer started and played in only five games for Oakland in 2013 after having played 16 games in his previous three seasons. The 26-year-old was drafted in the third round (69th overall) in 2010 and started 48 games for the Raiders in his four years with the team.

Earlier today, the left tackle fired his agent in order to hire his brother, James Veldheer.

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