The Cardinals signed left tackle Jared Veldheer to a five-year, $35 million contract at the start of free agency, but that wasn’t what they expected to do at the start of the offseason.

Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that the Cardinals didn’t think Veldheer would be available because they thought the Raiders would put the franchise tag on him. Goodwin said that when General Manager Steve Keim told him they would have a shot at acquiring Veldheer, they were, “Shocked. Shocked.”

The Cardinals view Veldheer, who previously played with quarterback Carson Palmer in Oakland, as a difference-maker to their offense.