NFL free agency 2014: Arizona Cardinals win, lose in free agency

And they’re off!  As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, NFL free agency bolted out of the starting gate. 

Signings and salaries began flying everywhere, not to mention reports, rumors, and rumblings pertaining to dozens of players. 

In the NFL, it’s all dictated by wants and needs. And it all revolves around what teams can and cannot afford.   

According to reports, the Cardinals entered free agency more than $12 million under the salary cap. Then, GM Steve Keim went about enacting his own game plan.   

Per ESPN, the Cards reached agreement with former Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer on a 5-year, $35 million dollar deal with $17 million guaranteed. 

In fact, Veldheer changed his Twitter avatar to a Cardinals logo and then tweeted out:  “Thank you #raidernation for 4 great years. You guys are awesome. I was blessed that Mr. Davis brought me into your community.”

In addition, NFL Network reported that “owner Michael Bidwill’s jet headed to Mich(igan) now” as Veldheer played his college ball at Hillsdale College. 

As for reaction, it’s interesting to note that ESPN analyst Bill Polian, a longtime NFL team executive, shared this reaction to the Raiders losing Veldheer and signing former Rams tackle Rodger Saffold:  “Saffold (contract) puzzles me. I thought Veldheer was really the better player and it's obviously the better deal."

The Cardinals have officially announced that TE Jake Ballard inked a one-year deal, along with re-signing kicker Jay Feely to a one-year deal and defensive lineman Frostee Rucker to a two-year contract. 

Plus, the Cardinals officially announced that former starting guard Daryn Colledge has been released. 

Speaking of departures, another pair of former starters left Arizona via free agency. 

Multiple reports say Cards former inside linebacker Karlos Dansby joins the Cleveland Browns to the tune of 4 years, $24 million.

And former Cards receiver Andre Roberts reached agreement with the Redskins on a 4-year, $16 million deal. 

 

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