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

Breaking News: Saffold Fails Physical In Oakland, Signs 5-Year Deal With Rams

In a matter of very interesting 15 minutes or so, it was reported that Rodger Saffold had failed his physical in Oakland and the Raiders nullified his contract, minutes later Saffold agreed to terms to stay with the Rams on a 5-year deal. The exact terms of the deal are not yet known, but it could be around just under $6 million per year, plus playing-time incentives.

Before deals become official, players must first go through a physical, and Saffold failed his. The Raiders were concerned about Saffold’s shoulder injury that sidelined him last season. The Rams however, were not concerned about it. You have to feel bad for Saffold, he got a chance at his big contract, and in a matter of minutes it was gone.

 

The good thing for the Rams however, is that their offensive line situation just got a little more clear. General manager Les Snead took care of priority number one of the offseason by re-signing Saffold, now the Rams can get things started in free agency. Better late than never right?

Bringing back guard Shelley Smith should be the next priority for the Rams. Smith does however have a meeting scheduled with the Patriots on Thursday, but after signing cornerback Darrell Revis, their plans may have changed.

In other Rams free agency news, the Rams reportedly have serious interest in Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington. As Jim Thomas mentions, Carrington would likely just add some depth on the defensive line.  Carrington emerged as a starter last season for the Bills before a quad tear ended his season prematurely.

 

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