The reported contract figures on Saffold -- five years, $21.million guaranteed with a potential value of $42.5 million -- demonstrate why general manager Reggie McKenzie didn't use the franchise tag on Veldheer.
In signing with the Cardinals, Veldheer's five-year deal contained less guaranteed money ($17 million) and a total value of $35 million.
Veldheer thanked the Raiders organization and fans on Twitter, while his mother, Mary Veldheer noted on Twitter, "A fair offer from the Raiders never happened. Nothing near the Saffold deal."
Both players are four year veterans, with Saffold taken as the first pick in the second round (No. 33 overall) by St. Louis out of Indiana in 2010 and Veldheer in the third round (No. 69) out of Hillsdale.
Although a year younger than Veldheer at 25, Saffold (6-foot-5, 334 pounds) hasn't played a 16 game season since his rookie year and has missed 17 of 64 games. Injuries have included a torn pectoral muscle in 2011 and a knee injury in 2012.