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.