AP Source: Arizona, Veldheer agree on 5-year deal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 11, 2014 at 5:17 pm •  Published: March 11, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals have landed their top priority in free agency — a left tackle.

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Cardinals and towering free agent Jared Veldheer have agreed on a five-year contract.

The deal is worth $35 million, with $17 million guaranteed, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the agreement has not been officially announced. The contract includes another $2.5 million tied to playing time.

The 6-foot-8, 320-pound lineman, entering his fifth NFL season, will be reunited with quarterback Carson Palmer. Veldheer blocked for Palmer when the two were together in Oakland.

The deal first was reported by ESPN.

Additionally, the Cardinals agreed to contracts with three of their free agents: a two-year deal for defensive end Frostee Rucker and one-year contracts for kicker Jay Feely and tight end Jake Ballard. The team also officially announced that left guard Daryn Colledge had been released.

The Cardinals made left tackle their free agent priority in what looks to be a greatly revamped offensive line.

Last season, the team traded left tackle Levi Brown — who since has been released — to the Pittsburgh Steelers and gave the job to inexperienced Bradley Sowell.

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