Arizona Cardinals move on from Jared Veldheer
The writing was on the wall for the now former Arizona Cardinals tackle Jared Veldheer
It was only a matter of time. After the recent signings on the offensive line, the Arizona Cardinals were bound to make a move with tackle Jared Veldheer sooner rather than later.
Friday was the day. The Cardinals traded the nine-year veteran tackle to the Denver Broncos on Friday afternoon. The reports are the Cardinals are getting a sixth round pick in return.
You can look at the move and wonder who the Cardinals only got a sixth round pick for him? After the way the Cardinals were trying to replace him recently, they are lucky they got anything for him.
Veldheer easily could have faced being cut. The Cardinals at that point would have received nothing in return for him.
Veldheer had a rough 2017 season after injury cut short his 2016 season. He left the Cardinals during training camp and some expected him to retire from the game, including teammates.
Instead he came back and honestly kind of a mess. He was moved to right tackle to begin the 2017 campaign, however he was horrible there.
He was moved in favor of D.J. Humphries who played well in his absence in 2016. Problem was Humphries got hurt in the first game of the season last year, so Veldheer was back at his old position.
That didn’t play out so great either. He moved back to the right when Humphries returned. However Humphries got hurt again and Veldheer finished out on the left side.
The Cardinals signed tackle Andre Smith away from the Cincinnati Bengals last week. That spelled certain removal from the Cardinals roster.
With the Cardinals not immediately waiving Veldheer, the popular opinion was they were trying to trade him. On Friday afternoon, they made it happen.
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He should give Denver a viable tackle for their new quarterback Case Keenum. As for the Cardinals, they are making changes to help ensure they don’t have a repeat of trouble they faced on the offensive line in 2017.