Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Expected To Make Offer To Rodger Saffold Soon

Nov. 25, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, the St. Louis Rams met with the representatives of offensive tackle Rodger Saffold to see where both sides were at in contract negotiations.

Although the Rams did not make an offer to Saffold, it is expected that one will be made soon according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Rams have publicly said that retaining Saffold was going to be a top priority this offseason, and therefore will make a significant effort to retain him.

Whether or not the Rams can retain Saffold will decide a lot of what the Rams plan to do this offseason when it comes to free agency and the the draft

The free agency period officially begins March 11, but teams are able to begin approaching other teams players on March 8. Until then, the Rams will have Saffold all to themselves. It has been reported however, that Saffold gained a lot of interest from other teams at the combine.

With the amount of interest that Saffold is getting, the Rams are going to have to make an offer that significanly interests Saffold and one that he doesn’t think he could get elsewhere.

Les Snead has said that the Rams will not use the franchise tag on Saffold. At this point it is a long-term deal for Saffold, or no deal at all.

“We will try to get Saffold done, just through natural, regular negotiations,” Snead said, via Pro Football Talk.

The Rams may still make a good offer, but it still would not be surprising if Saffold does in fact hit the free agent market to see what he is worth to other teams and then either accept the Rams’ offer or allow them to match another team’s offer.

Les Snead and the Rams will make a good effort at trying to re-sign Saffold, but they certainly will not overpay him. The Rams see Saffold as more of a guard and Saffold wants to be paid like a left tackle. If the Rams and Saffold can’t meet a common ground, and they feel like they can replace him, then the Rams may be forced to let him walk.

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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Saffold has a condition for the Rams: He will only play LT or G postions no RT, If the Rams would guarantee that he will only play Left Tackle of Guard positions then it’s a deal.

    • ricdram

      I’d hate to sign Saffold to a BIG contract & then
      see him get hurt(again). To me he is injury prone & not worth the gamble. I have a bad
      feeling about him. I’m ok with him signing
      with another club. I think he will.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        Take note most of his injuries occurred when he’s playing Offensive Tackle. That’s why he insisted on playing only LT or Guard where he’s more comfortable.

        • ricdram

          In his case a performance based
          contract is a great idea C. You make
          a terrific point.The GLASS MAN needs
          to stay intact in order to get $ !

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            same type of contract the Bucs gave on Darrelle Revis. Performance-based, no guaranteed money.

  • Gary Stewart

    snead indicates he will not overpay for roger my take is this, overpaying for roger (not crazy overpaying), does make sense its hard to get extra picks and resigning roger allows the rams one extra pick on the draft to fill another hole plus roger offers a degree of comfort while worrying about jake longs recovery. do what it takes short of mortgaging the franchise get him signed play him at guard and lets roll