Packers Re-Sign OT Jared Veldheer

By Adam Roberts – 1/12/2021

Reunited, and it feels so good considering the offensive line situation for the Green Bay Packers heading into the NFC Divisional Round.

Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is re-signing with the Packers, slightly more than a year after being claimed off waivers by the team. Veldheer this season played for the Indianapolis Colts and was on the field for their loss to the Bills last weekend, and has played in 120 games, starting 113, since being drafted in 2010 by the then-Oakland Raiders.

Should Veldheer take the field for Green Bay this weekend, he would become the first player in NFL history to play in postseason games for two different teams in the same season if he makes an appearance this weekend. This is possible due to COVID-19 protocols that stipulate practice squad players are tested at the same rate as active roster players, so Veldheer won’t have to miss a game.

The Packers will face the Rams Saturday in the Divisional Round, and the addition of Veldheer will prevent a situation where a rookie like Jon Runyan Jr. would have to block a once-in-a-generation DT talent like Aaron Donald. Green Bay is already playing without starting left tackle David Bakhtiari, and the addition of Veldheer will provide a safety net should another lineman fall this weekend.