New England Patriots

By Matt McCarthy,

Just over a week after the team officially announced his signing, offensive tackle Jared Veldheer has told the Patriots he intends to retire.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss was the first to report the news:

The 31-year-old Veldheer appeared positioned to be the Patriots third tackle in 2019. The nine-year NFL veteran played for the Raiders, Cardinals, and Broncos before agreeing to terms with the Patriots earlier this month.

It remains to be seen how Veldheer’s brief stint in New England will affect the team’s books. The Pats and Veldheer reportedly inked a one-year deal with up to $6.5 million with a $750,000 signing bonus. According to Miguel Benzan of Boston Sports Journal, it’s possible the team could recoup some of that money.

Veldheer did not even surpass wide receiver Reggie Wayne’s memorably short tenure in New England. Wayne spent 11 days with the Patriots in 2015 and pocketed a $450,000 signing bonus.

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