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McKenzie, Veldheer take turns giving sides on sides parting ways

On Tuesday, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie had the microphone, while offensive tackle Jared Veldheer had no platform to give his side of the he-said, he-said story about how the Raiders-Veldheer divorce came about.
McKenzie pinned it all on Veldheer, leaving no wiggle room.
“Losing Veldheer was a blow to me,” McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He didn’t want to come back. It wasn’t about finances. The kid didn’t want to play for the Raiders anymore, and I struggled with that.”
On Wednesday, Veldheer got his chance behind the microphone, and he painted quite a different picture.
“I appreciate everything that Oakland did for me over the last four years, we just couldn’t get [a contract] done,” Veldheer said in an interview with Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “It wasn’t that I didn’t want to be there, because I know that’s been said recently. That just wasn’t the case. Things were unable to get done at the table and that led to free agency and now I looking forward to Arizona and looking to what the future has here.”
So, we’re left with a variation of the adage about there being three sides to every story: McKenzie’s side, Veldheer’s side and the truth.

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  • spiff

    I would take him in the 2nd . rd. if our starting qb can hold it down and be successful then johnny can sit for a year or two. let his body continue to develop and learn the game. then I could see him succeed in the NFL, and being a star…….

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    If those weights are correct, it means Manziel has denser bones because he sure doesn’t have much muscle on him compared to Russell.

  • Charlie

    Tell that to NYC.
    He thinks all rookie QB’s are like Ben.
    Clearly as you pointed out, the vast majority take time to develop.
    Having Manziel behind Schaub for a year makes a lot of sense and if an injury occurs then we put him in.

  • DutchRaid

    Interesting…besides Luck…most Rookie QBs that have thrived have had a strong running game to lean on? (Russell Wilson, Big Ben, RGIII (well he was part of the strong running game)

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    In his interview today he was pretty convincing that he would try to emulate Wilson, not RG3 or any running qb, says he knows he has to learn that or he will get hit too much and he knows he can’t win that battle.

  • spiff

    pryor can still compete against barkley , don’t sound like Kelly is high on him. the door may still be open……

  • DutchRaid

    Think the Jags take a QB? Chad Henne is not a long term solution?

  • BigBenRexor

    I agree that we can’t let Matt Schuab hold us back from drafting a QB. He’s already holding us back in so many other areas.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Manziel, Bridgewater, Clowney, Wakins, Bortles….at least one of them will be available at 5 and if it’s anyone other than someone on that list I’m going to be more pizzed than I can describe. Franchise QB, generational defensive talent, super-stud WR. Forget Robinson…the offensive line Reggie put together will hold up just fine. You can’t pass on these guys.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    They need to put people in the seats. Manziel will do that. I am sure Manziel wants to go to the Texans, not Jacksonville.

  • Snoozebum

    Once he saw that Pryor can’t get a play off with a full play clock, he kind of figured out that getting one off in half that time wasn’t looking too realistic.

  • spiff

    you may be right , heck the former president was there. hope they do take him………

  • Davy Jones

    Manziel is far more comfortable throwing the ball than Pryor has ever been. Not that JF will be a Raider, but still.

  • Breaking_Black

    And RG3 is listed at 216. I’m talking more build and shape. Look at a guy like DMac. Hits hard and you wouldn’t call him small, but because of his build (skinny legs) it has caused him trouble.

    Less about numbers and more about an eye test.

  • DutchRaid

    Yes, but if the Texans take Manziel…I would think the Jags would really think about taking Bortles? UCF guy? That would be two of the top QBs taken?

  • ComptonRaider

    Please and I mean please show me one link where Manziel’s highlights are not 80% runs.

  • BigBenRexor

    Matty Lice, holding us back since 2013

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Look, I can understand questions about where Manziel goes in the draft; but to even mention TP and Manziel in the same breath is ludicrous.

  • Gdog

    You have to realize most of these players know the Raiders as nothing but a laughing stock outside of the Gruden three year run.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Yes.

  • Breaking_Black

    Only team I’m worried about is the Rams. But I’m hoping Atlanta trades to that spot to get Clowney.

  • mikeschoice

    well respected-what a joke? no one knows him except for this blog of whiners!he would trade lives with me in a heartbeat!

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    Why don’t you go to more reliable sources, like data sheets, not highlights that networks like to show?

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    1 – Texans, Bortles
    2 – Falcons, Clowney (trade)
    3 – Jaguars, Bridgewater
    4 – Browns, Manziel
    5 – Raiders, Mack
    6 – Rams, Watkins (trade)

  • dplunk

    It’s OK to have J. Manziel listed as your top rated QB, that’s fine…but to think that the rest of the QB’s in the draft is going to fail miserably, and that the Raiders need to trade up to get Manziel is totally irrational thinking.

  • Return

    Clowney will not be available at #5. You can forget Robinson but the Raiders won’t. If the Raiders do not trade down then Robinson is the pick.

  • DutchRaid
  • ComptonRaider

    I would like to think a top-rated QB would have an abundant of passing highlights readily available. Oh and the way he runs with the ball? Asking to fumble. This is the NFL.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    As long as he gets to sit a year, I’d take Carr any day over Bortles. His arm is stronger, he did play in a pro offense and did really well when Pat Hill was there. Forget the type of O they played the last two years at Fresno. Even the writers were disgusted with it, saying it didn’t use Carr’s strengths.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    Reggie will trade up in the draft from #36 to #32 with his former Packer buddy, Seattle’s GM John Schneider to secure QB Derek Carr if the Texans & Browns pass on a QB in the first 5 overall picks. leapfrog them.

  • IVRaider

    Wow, talk about a best case scenario for the Rams. The RG3 trade is the pick that keeps on giving.

  • FourMoreYears

    Needs a RB. I don’t feel comfortable rolling with DMC, Murray, and Sheets. Hoping for Tre Mason in round 2, that’s a little bit of a reach for him but he won’t be there in 3.

  • spiff

    all these qb’s are second round picks and the need to sit and learn. unfortunately the teams that need qbs will rush them when they are not ready, period. this all started last year. all the qbs last year should have sat and learned. there’s no game-breaker qb in this draft. but they all could be good if they sit and watch . but unfortunately they will be forced into being the savior of the franchise. we will take a qb in the draft . hopefully in the 2nd or beyond. and hopefully schuab can play well to prepare our qb of the future……..

  • Return

    He is far from smart. He is a stupid spoil ex-con with bust written all over him. Compared to TB he is a mongoloid.

  • IVRaider

    Add Mack to that list.

  • IAmAlwaysWrong

    pretty sad if Johnny Football gets drafted by the Browns and the guys responsible for his development are Kyle Shanahan & Dowell Loggains, lol

  • MEX_GHOST

    Smart guy, he knows what he has.

  • SR Raider

    Not really. They’re pretty close to being the same type of QB. Only real difference is that Manziel is much more accurate, which is essential for success in the NFL. But there are a lot of similarities

  • spiff

    like mason, but running back is an easy fill now days. and there are good backs in this draft.

  • Raider O

    Your ignorance is amazing. Replace a young LT with another young guy in the draft? Genius. Who needs to add talent? Just continue to replace it.
    Race? You are a moron.

  • FourMoreYears

    There are and you’re right. If we get someone else it won’t bother me, I just think Mason is the best of the bunch.

  • DutchRaid

    How about the Browns second 1st round pick from the Colts?
    Or the Vikings second 1st round pick from Seattle?

  • spiff

    him and the kid from Washington. though I think we need a power back to go with who we got.

  • DutchRaid

    Opps, forgot the Vikings got Seattle’s pick last year…

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    The Author added this in the comments section;

    ‘I was extremely close to picking Carr or Garoppolo in the 2nd’

  • Return

    Put down the pipes. JM will be lucky to be picked up in the second round. Any team that picks him up has far far too much work to do to make him a NFL starter his 1st year. He has bust written all over him. All of you may be faint of heart over his alleged skills but the coaches and Hoge got it right. PR might get him picked up in the 2nd. But by all rights he should go 4th or lower. He is developmental not foundational.

  • FourMoreYears

    Sankey? Not bad, I like Hill from LSU too. Fresh legs.

  • dplunk

    Espn report: DE Allen chose Bears over Raiders..
    I thought all along that Reggie truly went after premium FA’s..it’s just that the players decided against playing for the Raiders…SO give Reggie a break, stop accusing him of sitting on his hands.

  • 8raiderreign8

    Dude…just stop

  • SR Raider

    One word – Heisman. There is a reason they give those to only one player each year. No chance JM makes it out of top 10