Rams aren’t concerned about switching Rodger Saffold’s position

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When the Rams and Jake Long started their courtship last week, word circulated that the incumbent left tackle in St. Louis would ask for a trade if Long wound up signing with the team.

Rodger Saffold’s agent throttled back on that over the weekend, but Long’s signing will leave the Rams with some decisions to make on the offensive line. A trade seems like a serious long shot since Saffold is signed at an affordable price and the Rams have other holes to fill up front, so that means they’ll have to manage everyone’s feelings to get the production they want up front.

Coach Jeff Fisher declared doing that a non-issue on Monday and General Manager Les Snead parroted a similar line while making it clear that the team expects Saffold, who can become a free agent after the season, to fall in line with the Rams’ move for Long.

“We’ll sit down and discuss where’s the best fit for everyone,” Snead said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Rodger’s started here as a right tackle. I think nowadays on the offensive line, no position punishes you financially. And you could even make a move and be better at a (different) position than you are now. So we’ll sit down and discuss that internally with the player and even his agent. But Rodger’s a team player and he’s young. If he comes in and consistently plays like he did at the end of last year, Rodger will be fine and we’ll be better.”

Playing left tackle is what lands you contracts that can pay you as much as $9 million a year, which Long got from St. Louis, but it doesn’t look like Saffold’s going to have a chance to sell himself as one.

8 responses to “Rams aren’t concerned about switching Rodger Saffold’s position

  1. Well the best fit for everybody sounds like a trade, and to the Lions.

    The player wants to play LT and can do it there and then spite his team on the way out like everybody else. The Rams can dump off a problem case that will want to chase the better role/money. Jake Long has no distractions. The Lions will get a discount on the price since the Rams just chopped down their own leverage on Saffold by signing Long and they probably didn’t even realize this extra tax cost, so great time to get a great value. The agent can be a hero by making a deal happen and then acting like he’s a genius.

    So the only question is how many days until Saffold becomes a Lion?

  2. He’s a good tackle, it makes sense that he wants to stay on the left side before free agency. He’ll be a great right tackle for STL if he slides over. My guess is he stays but I’m sure some teams wouldn’t mind him at left tackle for a pick or two.

  3. dont know why saffold should be sweating it. given longs injury history LT is going to probably be a timeshare at best.

  4. “We’ll sit down and discuss where’s the best fit for everyone,” Snead said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Rodger’s started here as a right tackle. I think nowadays on the offensive line, no position punishes you financially. And you could even make a move and be better at a (different) position than you are now. So we’ll sit down and discuss that internally with the player and even his agent. But Rodger’s a team player and he’s young. If he comes in and consistently plays like he did at the end of last year, Rodger will be fine and we’ll be better.”

    Translation: Either he moves to the right or he can enjoy riding the pine.

  5. He has one of two options, play great on the right side and make as much money as possible in free agency, or don’t play at all and make very little money in free agency.

  6. Pretty much every time the Rams had a guy down on the field this season- if it wasn’t Amendola who was actually injured- it was Saffold. He’s soft.

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