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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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Rams RG Rodger Saffold (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 14 against Washington.
Last week Saffold aggravated the chronic shoulder issue that led to a failed physical with the Oakland Raiders last offseason. Saffold has structural damage in his shoulder that will need surgery following the season, but he plans to tape it up and play. Dec 6 - 10:41 AM

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Rams RG Rodger Saffold's shoulder injury is to the same shoulder that caused his failed physical with the Raiders.

He's undergoing tests on Monday. According to reporter Jim Thomas, "early indications" are that Saffold will be ok. Saffold has been a replacement-level guard for the Rams this season.
Oct 27 - 3:34 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold exited Week 8 against the Chiefs with a shoulder injury.

The Rams have lost Saffold, C Scott Wells, and LT Jake Long in this one. Veteran Davin Joseph has entered at right guard. LG Greg Robinson has shifted to left tackle, with Mike Person playing left guard. Second-year OL Barrett Jones is in at center. Justin Houston is wreaking havoc on Austin Davis.
Oct 26 - 3:23 PM

Rams LG Rodger Saffold left Sunday's Week 1 opener against the Vikings with a neck injury and will not return.

The Rams were getting blown out 34-3 when Saffold was hurt, so there was no reason for him to return. Annually injury-prone, the Rams need Saffold to stay on the field. No. 2 pick Greg Robinson entered at left guard.
Sep 7 - 4:00 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold (ankle) is day to day.

It sounds like Saffold avoided a high-ankle sprain in Saturday's preseason game. He should be good to go for Week 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 5:33 PM

Rams RG Rodger Saffold was forced from Saturday's preseason game with a right ankle issue.

Saffold was first spotted with ice on his ankle before graduating to an air cast. Saffold was making his preseason debut after missing the first two games with a shoulder "stinger." For now, he should be considered day to day.
Aug 23 - 9:34 PM

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

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

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