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Rodger Saffold | Tackle

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 332
College: Indiana
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Rodger Saffold's contract with the Rams is a five-year, $31.7 million deal that includes $19.5 million guaranteed.
On Tuesday, Saffold agreed to terms with the Raiders on a five-year, $42.5 million deal that included $21 million guaranteed. But team doctors said his shoulder would need surgery immediately, so they backed out of the deal. Meanwhile, the Rams have no issues whatsoever with Saffold's shoulder and are thrilled to get him back as a key piece of their still thin offensive line. He loses out on $10.8 million in total money, but only $1.5 million in guaranteed money during this mess. Mar 13 - 10:20 AM

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NFL.com's Mike Silver reports it was Raiders owner Mark Davis who nixed the Rodger Saffold deal.

Davis apparently had concerns about the shoulder Saffold injured last preseason. Per Silver, Saffold "could have had surgery and been ready for training camp," but Davis wouldn't have it. It's a troubling development for many reasons. It shows a lack of faith in GM Reggie McKenzie, and is an indication that, despite his protestations to the contrary, Davis has some of his father's management style to him. Davis has left egg on his GM's face, and his offensive line without a left tackle. It's a sad state of affairs in Oakland.
Mar 12 - 11:26 PM

Rams agreed to terms with G/T Rodger Saffold on a five-year contract.

Simply beyond belief. After having his five-year, $42.5 million ($15.75 million guaranteed) agreement with the Raiders torn up over concerns with his shoulder, Saffold returns to the team that took him in the second round of the 2010 draft. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Rams have "no concerns whatsoever" with Saffold's shoulder. Signed to man the blindside in Oakland, Saffold will likely play guard in St. Louis, though he could start the year at left tackle if Jake Long (ACL) isn't ready. The Rams' line was looking worrisomely thin before Saffold fell back into their laps. Oakland is back to Square 1 in a tackle market that's already been picked over.
Mar 12 - 10:31 PM

Ex-Rams G/T Rodger Saffold has failed his physical with the Raiders, voiding his five-year, $42.5 million contract.

He's once again a free agent. It's to the point where we just feel bad for GM Reggie McKenzie, who is simply out of his depth. Valuing Saffold more, the Raiders let perfectly fine in-house option Jared Veldheer walk. Now they have neither, and a titanic hole on Terrelle Pryor/Matt McGloin/Unsigned Free Agent's blindside. As for Saffold, it wasn't exactly a secret that his health was a question mark. He's missed 17 games over the past three seasons. More versatile than effective, he'll go back to shopping his wares as a guard who can play tackle. It's quite possible he'll end up back with the Rams on a bargain deal. The Raiders are going to be historically bad (again) in 2014.
Mar 12 - 10:08 PM

Raiders agreed to terms with LT Rodger Saffold, formerly of the Rams, on a five-year, $42.5 million contract.

Saffold gets $21 million guaranteed, an astronomical amount for a player who hasn't played a full 16-game season since his 2010 rookie year. The Raiders had to overpay to get Saffold to come to Oakland where he's going to play left tackle. Second-year OT Menelik Watson will try and fill in at right tackle.
Mar 11 - 4:15 PM

Free agent G/T Rodger Saffold informed the Rams on Sunday that he won't be re-signing.

Saffold is expected to sign with either Tampa Bay or Oakland. The Raiders are the favorites with reports indicating they're offering Saffold a whopping $8 million per year. Before free agency, we would've said Saffold "did well" if he landed a contract worth $6 million annually. The Rams have an awful lot of work to do on the offensive line. They badly wanted Saffold back to start at guard.
Mar 9 - 9:20 PM

The Baltimore Sun reports the Raiders are expected to sign free agent T/G Rodger Saffold "for roughly $8 million per year."

The Raiders must value Saffold over in-house free agent LT Jared Veldheer, as the report states the Cardinals are expected to sign Veldheer for "between $7 million and $7.5 million." Saffold has generally been stretched as a starting left tackle in the league. He's fared better at right tackle and most productively at guard. Versatile but injury prone, Saffold would certainly be locked into the blindside in Oakland if they're going to shell out that kind of money.
Mar 9 - 8:02 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals' interest in free agent G/T Rodger Saffold "appears to have cooled."

Cardinals beat writer Kent Somers confirms Branden Albert is expected to sign with Miami, so Arizona has "apparently set their sights" on Jared Veldheer. It's possible the Cards' interest in Saffold was never especially strong. They want a left tackle, and Saffold is best suited to play guard or right tackle.
Mar 9 - 5:00 PM

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "reached out" to the representatives for free agents G/T Rodger Saffold and LT Jared Veldheer on Saturday.

LT Branden Albert is believed to be the Dolphins' top priority in free agency. They'd reportedly like to sign Saffold as a guard, though they're not opposed to Saffold playing left tackle. Veldheer and Eugene Monroe would be fallback options for Miami if it can't land Albert. We'd almost prefer both Veldheer and Monroe to an aging Albert. Offensive line is GM Dennis Hickey's main focus.
Mar 8 - 3:43 PM

Free agent G/T Rodger Saffold's agent said his client will test the open market.

"Rodger definitely will be out in the free-agent market," Saffold's agent said. The Rams and Saffold talked this week, but Saffold likely wants to see if a team will pay him to play left tackle. The Rams want him to play right guard. Due to his versatility, we expect Saffold to have a healthy market despite injury concerns.
Mar 7 - 12:48 PM

Profootballtalk reports contract talks between the Rams and free agent G/T Rodger Saffold are expected to "intensify" this week.

The Rams have made it clear Saffold is their top priority. After not slapping him with the franchise or transition tag Monday, the Rams only hold exclusive negotiating rights with Saffold until Saturday. Talks have reportedly been "productive" to date, but Saffold may be poised to test the market.
Mar 3 - 10:03 PM

The player rep for free agent OL Rodger Saffold is telling people his client doesn't want to play right tackle.

Saffold either wants to be a guard or left tackle. Saffold's willingness to play guard increases the chances St. Louis re-signings him, because that's where coach Jeff Fisher believes Saffold best fits. If Saffold does reach the open market, "several teams" are expected to pursue him. He turns 26 in June.
Feb 28 - 4:28 PM

The Rams are expected to make a formal contract offer to free agent G/T Rodger Saffold in the near future.

The Rams and the agents for Saffold met at the Combine, but no official offers were made. It's just a matter of time. GM Les Snead has made no secret about his desire to re-sign Saffold, Evan Silva's No. 32 free agent. The Rams have exclusive negotiating rights until March 8.
Feb 26 - 11:37 AM

Rams GM Les Snead confirmed the team will not use the franchise tag on G/T Rodger Saffold or any other free agent.

"We will try to get Saffold done, just through natural, regular negotiations," Snead said. The Rams have stated that Saffold is the top priority among their own free agents, but he's not worth the hefty offensive line franchise tag of $11.2 million since St. Louis views him as a guard. Saffold can play every position on the line save center, so he's expected to have a healthy market.
Feb 25 - 10:27 AM

According to XTRA 910 Phoenix's Mike Jurecki, free agent G/T Rodger Saffold is expected to be "on the Cardinals' radar" if he hits the open market.

Arizona needs help at both tackle positions and right guard. Saffold's best position is guard, but it's no secret his preference is tackle, probably because that's where the most money is in the NFL. The Rams have made it clear they value Saffold most at guard, making it quite conceivable that he gets away.
Feb 21 - 3:05 PM

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