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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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Raiders bring back one of their own free agents

Fullback Jamize Olawale on Tuesday signed the one-year contract tendered him by the Raiders in advance of free agency.
Olawale is the second of Oakland’s six exclusive-rights free agents to sign the one-year tender offered them earlier this month.
The four others have yet to sign, though all are expected to, given they don’t have any leverage because they don’t have enough experience to be unrestricted free agents.
Safety Brandian Ross re-signed with the Raiders in early March. Offensive tackle Matt McCants, linebacker Kaelin Burnett, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and running back Jeremy Stewart have yet to sign their tenders.
Olawale played in all 16 games last season, his second with the Raiders. He developed into a front-line blocker in the run game and as a core special teams player.

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