December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) talks with fans after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in overtime at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Rams Offensive Tackle Rodger Saffold To Test Free Agency


November 11, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) blocks San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers and the Rams tied 24-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For Rams fans it may come as a disbelief, but should not come as a surprise. St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold will test the free agent market via STLToday.

Although it is not impossible that the Rams won’t re-sign Saffold, it just isn’t going to happen before the free agency period begins like many would have hoped. The Rams and Saffold are still going to be talking to see if they can get a deal done, but Saffold will also see what other teams are valuing him.

The NFL is a business after all, and that’s exactly how Saffold is treating this situation. He received a lot of interest from teams at the NFL Scouting Combine, and will see what those teams are willing to offer him before deciding whether or not he will leave the team.

“We had a good conversation with Rodger’s representatives at the (scouting) combine,” Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff said. “They said all the right things. As Jeff (Fisher) and Les (Snead) said in their interviews, re-signing Rodger is a priority. There’s good dialogue going on.”

 

One example of a player hitting the fee agent market and then re-signing with the Rams is cornerback Ron Bartell, who briefly reached the free-agent market in 2009. He was strongly pursued by New Orleans but opted to re-sign with St. Louis.

The major factor on whether or not Saffold comes back to St. Louis is if another team gives him left tackle kind of money. The Rams see Saffold more as a guard than a tackle, and Saffold was open to that, but if he can get the big dollars as a left tackle he would certainly take it.

If Saffold does not re-sign with the Rams, it leaves the team with a decent amount of money to spend during free agency as well as a gaping hole in the interior of the offensive line. Other guards the Rams could pursue are Zane Beadles or Chad Rinehart.

All hope of re-signing Saffold is not lost, but it would certainly seem unlikely at this point. The thing that should be remembered is that Snead and Fisher did say re-signing Saffold was a top priority which means they are going to do whatever they can without making a non-football decision that would hurt the team, to try and re-sign Saffold.

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  • ricdram

    Who was Saffolds back up(s)? I forgot.

    • Blaine Grisak

      At tackle we have Barksdale and Long, at guard we have Dahl and Shelly Smith then we have Wells at center. Amazes me that the 32 and 33 yr old o-linemen are still on the team, but yet we fail to re-sign the 25 year old lineman. We sure are building young. If the o-line is the way it is right now, we will get torn apart up front on offense.

      • ricdram

        Keep your chin up. Team Snisher will come up with a solid OL via the draft
        or FA.

        • Blaine Grisak

          Ya, they’ll figure something out, just have to trust their plan.

        • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

          I do believe that they will likely re-sign Shelley Smith at least to provide the Rams a capable player at LG and potential depth at both guard. the Rams will retain Scott Wells for now so Dahl will be the one not returning once Saffold is re-signed too.

          • ricdram

            I think Saffold will be offered a large
            contract by another club that the Rams
            are not willing to match.

          • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

            If Saffold signs with the other team, the Rams will likely sign Zane Beadles to at least offset the need to fill the other guard position or draft a guard (preferably Su’a-Filo in the 2nd round) then re- sign Shelley Smith again to compete with Harvey Dahl (who will likely avoid getting cut).