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Should Jared Veldheer remain with the Oakland Raiders?

Center Jared Veldheer #68 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates a touchdown by teammate Darren McFadden (not pictured) in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on October 24, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.
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Yes, left tackle Jared Veldheer should remain with the Oakland Raiders next season. Veldheer did not have a chance to prove much in 2013 due to a surgery to repair his right triceps, which kept him out most of the season; however, he is still one of the best left tackles in the NFL.

It was reported by the NFL network on Tuesday that Veldheer will try out free agency, but he has also stated that he wants to remain a Raiders and wants urgency with negotiations.

Oakland, on the other hand, has not responded to Veldheer’s situation, and the left tackle is losing some patience.

On Monday, Veldheer stated on KGMZ-FM via CSN Bay Area, "It's tough when that kind of stuff happens, because it goes against everything that's been said about being a cornerstone of the team that (they're) going to build around. It doesn't back up those words with the right action."

Jared Veldheer has pretty much stated his wishes with his status in the league: He wants to see how much he’s worth, but also expresses the desire to help the Oakland Raiders rebuild.

This is something the Raiders should make a priority! That is to not let this awesome left tackle go play for another team. Veldheer needs to remain with the Silver and Black, especially when the player of that caliber wants to stay.

Good left tackles are hard to come by in the NFL. Last season, the left tackle position was a huge issue for the Raiders due to Veldheer’s absence—triceps injury. So, why not keep this guy.

Now, he is fully healed and is ranked as one of the best in the league. The Oakland Raiders need to have the checkbook ready and not let Jared Veldheer go! Period!