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Did Raiders develop buyer’s remorse on Saffold?


The NFL physical is a subjective thing.  As a result, it provides teams with an emergency out in the event of buyer’s remorse, either after making a trade or signing a player to a big-money contract.

In the case of Raiders (for a day) tackle Rodger Saffold, it’s impossible to know whether other concerns prompted the medical decision that Saffold isn’t healthy enough to play football for the team.  But the Rams, who like every team give every player a postseason physical, deemed Saffold to be healthy.  Healthy enough to make him a priority in free agency.

So there are two possible explanations:  (1) the Raiders’ doctors noticed something sufficiently significant to make him unwilling to sign off on a major free-agent acquisition; or (2) the Raiders, for whatever reason, decided they wanted out of the deal.

It was indeed a very good deal for Saffold.  Per a source with knowledge of the terms, Saffold would have received a $5 million signing bonus, a $3 million 2014 roster bonus, a fully-guaranteed 2014 base salary of $7.875 million, and a 2015 base salary of $5.625 million that becomes fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2015 waiver period.

There’s an unwritten rule among teams and agents that players with injury-only guarantees that become full guarantees in the days after the start of the annual waiver period (right after the Super Bowl) won’t be cut — and that players with injury-only guarantees that become full guarantees at the start of the league year (in March) can be cut.  Under that unwritten rule, Saffold would have been fully guaranteed a whopping $21.5 million.

In contrast, the Dolphins gave left tackle Branden Albert $20 million fully guaranteed at signing.  The Ravens gave left tackle Eugene Monroe $19 million fully guaranteed at signing.  Saffold, regarded as a lesser option that either player, did better than both of them.

Well, Saffold would have done better than both of them.  If he’d passed his physical.

Instead, he’ll return to the Rams.  Who presumably will give Saffold a passing grade on his physical.  But far less than $21.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.

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51 Responses to “Did Raiders develop buyer’s remorse on Saffold?”
  1. r8rnuck says: Mar 12, 2014 11:21 PM

    it was all my tweeting!!!

  2. chunkderrrty says: Mar 12, 2014 11:21 PM

    maybe the GM is just an incompetent buffoon?

  3. seatownballers says: Mar 12, 2014 11:25 PM

    Raiders will be the first team in sports history to carry over 60 million in cap space next season. Lol
    What a joke. They literally can afford every free agent left, and none are interested

  4. 1heatedtoombrayduh says: Mar 12, 2014 11:26 PM

    STILL SMH…I have NO idea whats going on in our FO…

  5. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 11:26 PM

    Oh I just assumed they found a loophole in the CBA where that transaction counts towards that 89% dealio.

  6. ramitbaby says: Mar 12, 2014 11:28 PM

    Saffold can be a Pro Bowl guard in St. Louis but just another tackle in Oakland. He will be better off come next contract time.

  7. jaialaicharger says: Mar 12, 2014 11:28 PM

    Hey joe: your franchise is a joke

  8. ariani1985 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 PM

    Come to green bay or Seattle, both have no running game.

  9. mcjon22 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 PM

    Between this guy, Jake Long, and Bradford that team physician is earning his check!

  10. demolition510 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:29 PM

    Mark Davis vetoed it. Saffold needed surgery and would have been good to go for camp. MD was uneasy about it.

    And for the record Veldheers crazy lawyer brother screwed up the negotiations.

  11. raiders742 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:30 PM

    3. It was planned?

  12. MostlyRight says: Mar 12, 2014 11:30 PM

    They let Veldheer walk and then offered Saffold more than Veldheer took from the Cardinals. Raiders gonna Raider!

  13. robgilman says: Mar 12, 2014 11:31 PM

    So you let your best o-lineman get away, then sign an overrated guy to replace him for a ton more money that he doesn’t deserve, then realize your blunder and call it off last minute using a loophole…

    Wow, what a rookie. Meanwhile other teams are signing the rest of leagues talent. Sometimes I really believe it’s all a conspiracy by the NFL to make sure the Raiders don’t succeed

  14. voice0freasonn says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 PM

    Either that or they just realized their clueless and have no idea what their doing this just messed up our entire off season. Yea we get our money back but now theres no good left tackles left. Not only do we now not have a LT but we missed out on other elite players like Ware, or Talib or Verner. This is bad very bad. Reggie Mckensie are you home what are you doing where is your plan!

  15. realnflmaster says: Mar 12, 2014 11:33 PM

    60 million in cap space, lose your top two free agents and sign no one.


  16. coachstram says: Mar 12, 2014 11:35 PM

    Its still a self inflicted wound by the Raiders.

    Look at the mess they have created for themselves in regards to the upcoming draft. Now it looks like Mathews or Robinson will be the choice – IF they are available.

    This could create a very interesting phone call to the Rams in hopes of dealing up for that 2nd pick.

  17. r81ders says: Mar 12, 2014 11:36 PM

    smart move why carry damaged goods, its time to get a healthy O-line tired of seeing this team play musical chairs fitting people all around when someone goes out. Good power move Mr.D

  18. bigdaddy232425 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:37 PM


  19. pilonflats says: Mar 12, 2014 11:38 PM

    Anthony Collins?

  20. jdbaker01 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:38 PM

    I guess we can’t blame Al Davis for their incompetence anymore.

  21. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Mar 12, 2014 11:40 PM

    If I were Saffold, I would hire a psychotherapist to declare McKenzie clinically incompetent.

  22. rhemish says: Mar 12, 2014 11:40 PM

    Reggie is a joke of a GM who thinks so

  23. lostsok says: Mar 12, 2014 11:41 PM

    Has McKenzie been possessed by the demon ghost of Matt Millan?

  24. Coach John Harbaugh says: Mar 12, 2014 11:43 PM

    nice pic

  25. chargersdiehard says: Mar 12, 2014 11:44 PM

    1heatedtoombrayduh says:Mar 12, 2014 11:26 PM

    STILL SMH…I have NO idea whats going on in our FO…

    Nobody does bro, nobody does. It’s been that way about 15 years now.

  26. beavertonsteve says: Mar 12, 2014 11:47 PM

    Saffold will not be having surgery, he said he was willing to and that he’d still be back by the season start, but neither he or the Rams think he needs it. This was all about Mark Davis overruling his GM’s decision.

  27. vegasgreek says: Mar 12, 2014 11:51 PM

    Now the Raiders have the money to sign Derrelle Revis . They can draft Jake Mattews to play LT if they don’t get Clowney.

  28. Buick McKaine says: Mar 12, 2014 11:51 PM


  29. drunkraider says: Mar 12, 2014 11:57 PM

    donks are out signing pro bowlers and the raiders cant even over pay for a scrub to play the wrong position. lol oh man my team is a joke.

  30. chargrz says: Mar 13, 2014 1:04 AM

    Just Win Maybe!

  31. hendeeze says: Mar 13, 2014 1:17 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The incompetence didn’t end with Al’s passing. It merely started a new chapter.

  32. aldog83 says: Mar 13, 2014 1:24 AM

    Can we call Veldheer and offer him the Saffold Money?

    He can tell the Cardinals he has tummy ache to FAIL their physical.

  33. tdubdizzle says: Mar 13, 2014 1:27 AM

    At least the Raiders get their money back. Hopefully this means they’re getting a ton of good players soon. Like tomorrow.

  34. mx1dave says: Mar 13, 2014 1:30 AM

    its tough being a raider fan over forty years. I do not get reggie. he must have another job lined up. I bought in to the two years of dumping salaries. is the soon to be unemployed g.m. understand to get big time players to come to Oakland, he needs to be aggressive before all the big names are gone. a couple big names might help attract more players to want to come to oakland. when does raider nation get some payback?

  35. briscocountyjr says: Mar 13, 2014 2:11 AM

    maybe he he couldn’t bench 250lbs during the physical.

  36. addict2sport says: Mar 13, 2014 2:20 AM

    Good to see our GM is doing his homework before he offers someone millions. How embarrassing. They might as well sign my fat arse. I won’t pass a physical either!

  37. silverandblack052099 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:23 AM


  38. forzajaymz says: Mar 13, 2014 2:58 AM

    I think the raiders might be deliberately trying to roll-over as much cap space as possible for next year. Remember, any unused cap space get carried over to the next year. The 2015 cap is expected to be $140M. If the raiders spend only the league minimum, they can roll over the cap space to have a $162 M salary cap in 2015. That’s MLB type money.

    That was a change under the last CBA. You can effectivly tank a season and pay the league minimum (you still have to meet the salary floor of 89% of the cap) and then at the end of the season, you apply to the NFL to rollover all that unused space and it gets added to the next years cap.

    Is it possible that McKenzie and Davis are looking at 2015’s potential free agents, and loading up a warchest to try and ‘Yankee’ the NFL next season?

  39. raiderssf says: Mar 13, 2014 3:34 AM

    Picking Hayden with his injury at 1 last year, picking Watson at 2 with his inexperience, drafting Tyler Wilson, trading for Flynn, and finally letting Veldheer walk out the door for Saffold who has an injury history in turn has that deal killed cause he in the end he needs surgery to play. I don’t want to side with Mike Silver on this, but Reggie McKenzie is leaving me with no other options. Very disappointed.

  40. vincentbojackson says: Mar 13, 2014 5:27 AM

    All that cap money, and so far, basically nothing to show for it.

    Might be time to get involved boys, even he Browns are laughing at you.

  41. stewart09 says: Mar 13, 2014 5:35 AM

    And with the first pick in 2015 draft raiders select jameis Winston

  42. masterblaster78 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:23 AM

    Guess this confirms who the Raiders are going to draft in the 1st round. An OL should be on the radar. Should have kept Veldheer and Houston!!

  43. thegonz13 says: Mar 13, 2014 6:34 AM

    Ok, so the Raiders left themselves up the creek without a paddle.

    Al Davis lives!

  44. realityonetwo says: Mar 13, 2014 6:46 AM

    All this cheating, and the Raiders still suck.

  45. ravenswhat says: Mar 13, 2014 7:08 AM

    Of course they did. They were going to pay a guard 21 mill guaranteed. Reggie is a fool.

  46. 4grammarpolice says: Mar 13, 2014 7:34 AM

    Thank God I’m a Raiders fan, because it makes me appreciate everything else in my life. They are a bottomless pit of futility.

  47. hurk71 says: Mar 13, 2014 7:57 AM

    The front office is just as bad as the team, guess that goes hand in hand.

  48. whatnojets says: Mar 13, 2014 8:25 AM

    Same old Raiders. Nothing new except for a few new clowns trying to run the zoo

  49. rdrrandyrocker43 says: Mar 13, 2014 8:36 AM

    Better to admit you made a mistake and move on.Fire Reggie already Mark Davis is smarter than he is even with that hair cut.

  50. anrockray says: Mar 13, 2014 8:41 AM

    Aaaaannnddddd down the stretch they go in the 105th running of the Dysfunction Derby…Dolphin and Brown are neck and neck but here comes Raider on the outside! It looks like a photo finish!

  51. sminco123 says: Mar 13, 2014 2:33 PM

    Speechless. Unbelieveable. Weird. Sad for the fans. Even as a Bronco fan I cannot take joy in this level of incompetance.

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