Veteran Tackle Jared Veldheer Rejects Cowboys, Decides to Retire Instead

Jared Veldheer with the Cardinals in 2017. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock

Choosing between signing with Dallas Cowboys and walking away from professional football, veteran tackle Jared Veldheer surprisingly chose the latter option.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Veldheer was recently approached by Dallas and was offered a one-year, $2.5 million deal. Despite the attractive offer, however, the 33-year-old veteran decided to pass and instead retired from the NFL.

This isn’t the first time that Jared Veldheer decided to end his football career. In May 2019, shortly after signing a one-year deal with New England Patriots, Veldheer announced his retirement. However, he changed his mind just several months later and returned to play two games with the Green Bay Packers.

Veldheer, who was a third-round pick in 2010, also played with Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, and Denver Broncos over the course of his NFL career.

After being rejected by Veldheer, the Cowboys are now expected to pursue other options on the free market in an attempt to add depth to their offensive line that was hit with injuries by Tyron Smith, La’el Collins, and Cameron Erving. They are reportedly now interested in veteran Ron Leary, who already played for the franchise between 2012 and 2016.