Jared Veldheer was expected to make some postseason history this weekend, but that will be on hold.
Veldheer was signed by the Green Bay Packers on Monday, two days after competing for the Indianapolis Colts in their Wild Card loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was expected to become the first player to play for two different teams in the same postseason, but there is an issue.
Veldheer was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Packers. According to Packers reporter Tom Silverstein, Veldheer tested negative on Monday before entering the team’s facility. However, his Tuesday test showed up as positive.
The results of Veldheer’s Tuesday test must not have come until later, because he was allowed to participate in a walk-through with the team that day. Veldheer did not practice with the team on Wednesday, and he was not deemed to have had any close contacts on the team.
The 33-year-old offensive lineman played in two games for the Packers in 2019.
Offensive lineman Jared Veldheer played in a playoff game on Saturday for the Indianapolis Colts. After his team was eliminated, he’ll be playing again this weekend in another playoff game for a different team. Yes, you read that right.
Veldheer, who started for the Colts in Saturday’s loss to Buffalo, has signed with the Green Bay Packers. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, this makes Veldheer the first player in NFL history to play two postseason games with two different teams.
So how is this allowed? Veldheer is a member of the Colts’ practice squad, meaning he is still eligible to be signed by any team. With the Packers in need of offensive line help following a major season-ending injury, making the move for Veldheer made sense.
Veldheer is in his 11th NFL season. He also has some familiarity with the Packers, having played in two games for them in 2019.
Jared Veldheer went through quite the roller coaster of emotions on Sunday.
The Green Bay Packers veteran got the start at right tackle in the team’s divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks with fellow offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga battling an illness. Bulaga was a late addition to the injury report on Sunday, and Veldheer told reporters after the game that he found out that Bulaga was sick while watching television.
Veldheer appeared in just two games for the Packers all season for a total of 35 offensive snaps, so he had a lot of responsibility suddenly thrust upon him. He responded well though as Green Bay’s offensive line allowed only two sacks of quarterback Aaron Rodgers in their eventual 28-23 victory.
With how ripped Veldheer has looked throughout his career, it likely comes as no surprise that he was ready for action on Sunday at a moment’s notice.
The New England Patriots on Tuesday made an interesting roster move regarding Jared Veldheer.
Veldheer signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Patriots in May, but two weeks later told them he was retiring. The Patriots released Veldheer off the reserve/retired list because the lineman still wants to play, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports.
Veldheer, 32, was a third-round pick by the Raiders in 2010. He played 12 games for the Broncos last season as a tackle and was flagged for seven penalties all season, including four false starts.
Rapoport suggest Veldheer could be a late-season addition for a team that needs a lineman.
The Oakland Raiders have been criticized for losing Jared Veldheer as much as they’ve been criticized for their botched Rodger Saffold contract. But team GM Reggie McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle’s Vic Tafur that Veldheer signing with the Arizona Cardinals in free agency wasn’t an issue of the Raiders not trying to retain him.
“Losing Veldheer was a blow to me,” McKenzie told Tafur. “He didn’t want to come back. It wasn’t about finances.”
Veldheer (pictured at far left), who was a third-round pick of the Raiders in 2010, signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Cardinals, who went 10-6 last season.
“The kid didn’t want to play for the Raiders anymore, and I struggled with that.”
McKenzie also said that defensive lineman Lamarr Houston chose to sign with the Chicago Bears instead of staying in Oakland because he believed they were a better team.
When McKenzie said he “struggled with that,” he could have been talking about the franchise tag. The Raiders had the ability to retain Veldheer by franchise tagging him, but McKenzie may have decided it wasn’t worth it either for financial reasons, or because keeping someone who does not want to be on your team is unhealthy for the locker room.
Whatever the case, this is another embarrassing sign for the Raiders and their fans and another reason why they need to turn it around.
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Jared Veldheer may be making better use of the NFL offseason than anyone else. The Oakland Raiders offensive lineman has been working out with strength coach Mark Ehnis, and whatever they’re doing is definitely working.
Ehnis tweeted a picture Monday of four of his students in the gym. Veldheer stands out immediately because of his hulking size. Just look at him. He’s wider than my refrigerator. He looks like he swallowed Brock Lesnar. Dude already has a set of chest pads on without even wearing any pads.
Part of the reason for his muscular makeover is due to the Raiders switching schemes from zone blocking to power blocking. Veldheer, who is a gigantic 6-foot-8, was listed at 321 pounds last season. His strength coach says he will be reporting to the team at 325 pounds. That’s 325 pounds of solid muscle. Good luck trying to move him out of the way. Not even LaRon Landry and his cartoon muscles have anything on Veldheer.