Jared Veldheer’s time in New England was short lived.
The veteran offensive tackle informed the Patriots he was retiring and the team placed him on the reserve/retired list on Tuesday. This comes after Veldheer signed a one-year deal with the Patriots on May 13 and started the team’s offseason workout program in Foxborough. Mass.
The 31-year-old, who stands 6-foot-8, is a veteran of 10 NFL seasons with 113 career starts at tackle. He started 12 games for the Denver Broncos last year.
Veldheer was expected to either compete for the vacant left tackle position or as the Patriots’ top backup. This offseason the Patriots lost starter Trent Brown and top backup LaAdrian Waddle in free agency.
The news on Tuesday leaves the Patriots in a bit of a bind at tackle. Isaiah Wynn, last year’s first-round pick, is the frontrunner to start at left tackle. This year’s third-round pick, Yodny Cajuste, could now become the team’s top backup. However, Wynn is recovering from an Achilles injury and Cajuste is recovering from quad surgery.
The Patriots could still look to add a veteran tackle such as Donald Penn. The Patriots also have Cole Croston, Dan Skipper, Cedrick Lang and Tyree St. Louis on their roster.