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Report: Rodger Saffold planning to depart St. Louis in free agency

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One of the top offensive linemen in free agency is reportedly set to change teams.

Alan Herman, the agent for Rams offensive tackle/guard Rodger Saffold, has told the team his client will likely be departing St. Louis, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Sunday.

The Rams’ second-round pick in 2010, the 25-year-old Saffold has started 44 games in four NFL seasons. He has made starts at both tackle spots, and he has also played guard. His ability to play tackle and his relative youth are among his primary assets in free agency.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Herman did not indicate where Saffold could be headed, though the paper reported Oakland and Tampa Bay were speculated to have interest.

Saffold is ranked No. 25 in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

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24 Responses to “Report: Rodger Saffold planning to depart St. Louis in free agency”
  1. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 9, 2014 11:03 PM

    Giants?

  2. dethrone408 says: Mar 9, 2014 11:20 PM

    He signs with Oakland and Veldheer resigns will we have one of the better offensive lines along with Lil Wiz,Watson & Briesel.

  3. thejabronisayz says: Mar 9, 2014 11:21 PM

    His youth and versatility are assets. His inability to stay on the field and tendency to get injured are his liabilities.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Mar 10, 2014 12:01 AM

    Count on him to get hurt at some point, but if a team could convince him to play guard full time he’d be elite. I’m convinced he’s happy being an average tackle instead though, unfortunately.

  5. andreboy1 says: Mar 10, 2014 1:04 AM

    A man can only take so much losing

  6. gcbean says: Mar 10, 2014 1:23 AM

    Oakland is making a push for that super bowl win, great choice! Never mind…. Enjoy that pay check.

  7. ern215 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:04 AM

    Welcome to oakland, lets get this thing built, and get back in the mix

  8. meatcarroll says: Mar 10, 2014 2:18 AM

    I don’t know if it’s because people don’t watch Rams games or something because Saffold actually sucks and anyone who’s actually seen him play knows that. His “versatility” means he has the unique ability to be terrible at multiple positions across the offensive line.

  9. sfm073 says: Mar 10, 2014 2:39 AM

    He’s a good guard and a mediocre tackle, that struggles to stay healthy.

  10. souldogdave says: Mar 10, 2014 5:43 AM

    Why would the Raiders sign HIM instead of Veldheer? Questionable, is he not fully healthy? Not the player he was before injury?

  11. flyeredup says: Mar 10, 2014 6:05 AM

    He will get hurt signing his new contract.

  12. nativeraider says: Mar 10, 2014 6:20 AM

    Heard the Raiders were interested. Is this guy better than Veldheer? Cmon Raiders keep your own talent instead of trying to “upgrade” when its not needed.

  13. razzlejag says: Mar 10, 2014 6:29 AM

    Come to Jacksonville, Rodger Saffold, and be a part of what Gus and the boys are building. Enjoy the huge new video boards, a franchise which outdrew the Pittsburgh Steelers last year (and the year before), the fabulous North Florida weather and the fact that there is no state income tax.

  14. razzlejag says: Mar 10, 2014 6:32 AM

    BTW, you also get to go to London once a season for a game; you’ll also get to work for Shad Kahn, soon to be known as the best owner in the NFL.

  15. samtheram says: Mar 10, 2014 6:57 AM

    I like Saffold when he healthy, but he has missed a lot of games.

  16. scoreatwill says: Mar 10, 2014 7:17 AM

    Hate to lose him. Someone will be getting a good pickup IF he can stay healthy.

  17. cantonbound13 says: Mar 10, 2014 8:19 AM

    Miami

  18. ubepunkedagain says: Mar 10, 2014 8:34 AM

    Saffold is a smart man apparently.

  19. jimmyt says: Mar 10, 2014 8:39 AM

    He’ll get more than he is worth and more than the Rams can pay but if he can stay healthy some team is getting one heck of an O-line man.

  20. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Mar 10, 2014 9:51 AM

    I will be PISSED if we sign this guy and lose Veldheer man, seems like we may be losing houston as well…

  21. schmitty2 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:25 AM

    When you hear the announcer say “we have an injury on the field” you will only need 1 guess to figure out who it is.

  22. raiderapologist says: Mar 10, 2014 7:20 PM

    Oakland is allegedly offering 8M per year. Holy cow. I’d rather give Byrd 9M.

  23. wjmoffatt says: Mar 10, 2014 7:46 PM

    His probably going to Oakland but they won’t resign Veldheer which they should be happy about since his the most overrated offensive lineman in free agency. Only player that has a negative efficiency rating but somehow will get paid around 10 million. Anthony Collins going to tampa had a +16 rating and is making a little over half of that

  24. aldavis4president says: Mar 11, 2014 1:46 AM

    I wanted to keep valdheer and Houston, but to be honest veldheer is hurt a lot and Houston isn’t elite. If were going to spend big bucks I want to use it on the studs of this years free agency like Michael Johnson, Eugene Monroe, ma, verner, or Byrd. Wish we could keep em both though and keep plugging the holes.

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