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Patriots OT Jared Veldheer Says He Intends to Retire from Football

Less than two weeks after it began, Jared Veldheer’s career in New England is over, Andrew Callahan of Masslive reports.

The 31-year-old offensive tackle told the team Tuesday he intends to retire, according to a report from ESPN’s Mike Reiss. After starting for the Broncos last season and all but five of his 118 career games, Veldheer agreed to terms with the Patriots on a free-agent contract on May 7. He projected as New England’s next swing tackle after LaAdrian Waddle left in free agency.

Veldheer’s contract was a 1-year deal worth up to $6.5 million, per reports. Tuesday marked the second day of the team’s OTAs.

Before he signed with the Patriots, Veldheer split his nine-year career over stints the Raiders, Cardinals and Broncos. He took snaps at both tackle spots, right guard and center. Veldheer’s departure leaves New England without a single offense tackle who boasts NFL experience, aside from starting right tackle Marcus Cannon.


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