Rams coach Jeff Fisher is confident he can talk Rodger Saffold into getting on board with playing right tackle.
That is, as soon as he talks to Saffold.
Fisher told Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he wasn’t worried about smoothing things out even though he hasn’t talked to Saffold himself since the Rams signed Jake Long to play left tackle.
“Things are gonna work out,” Fisher said. “We’re confident they’ll get resolved. . . .
“We’ve been trying to reach Rodger, and he’s not returning calls right now. But we’ll get things settled, and Rodger’s a big part of our future and a big part of our plans on offense.”
As soon as the Rams were linked to Long, there was a report suggesting that Saffold would ask for a trade. His agent admitted that he’d prefer not to move, because he had always played on the left.
Of course, Saffold’s also entering the final year of his rookie contract, and left tackles make more money than right tackles, so it makes sense for Saffold to be concerned about his future.
“No,” Fisher said when asked if Saffold had asked for a trade. “It’s just been quiet. And we’re trying to reach Rodger just like we’re trying to reach all of our other players. We stay in touch with our players. Maybe he’s traveling and is on his way back.”
Or maybe he’s just figuring out what to say.