Report: Rodger Saffold returns to Rams after failing physical with Raiders

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After agreeing to a new contract to join the Oakland Raiders on the first day of free agency, Rodger Saffold is actually returning to the St. Louis Rams.

Yes. You read that correctly.

According to Adam Schefter of, Saffold has reached an agreement on a five-year deal to return to the Rams.

The Oakland Raiders reached an agreement with Saffold on a five-year year deal to fill their hole at left tackle after letting Jared Veldheer walk in free agency. However, the Raiders announced that Saffold had failed his physical with the team and would not be signing after all.

Per Schefter, Saffold’s agents Alan Herman and Jared Fox said the Raiders had concerns over the state of Saffold’s shoulder. The Rams had “no concerns whatsoever” about the shoulder and quickly worked to bring him back to St. Louis.

Now the Raiders won’t have Saffold or Veldheer to anchor the left side of the offensive line,

Saffold agreed to a deal worth $42.5 million with $21 million guaranteed on the first day of free agency. It was a large contract for a player 17 games over the past three seasons due to a myriad of injuries that included his knee, pectoral and shoulder.

But the Rams are in a position to know better than anyone where Saffold is with his health as they would have evaluated him during end of season physicals in January.

It’s quite the turn of events for Saffold. The Rams get back a player that started game at left tackle, right tackle and guard for the team last season. The Raiders have to go back to the drawing board on who will handle the blind side of Terrelle Pryor or whomever ends up starting for Oakland next season.

95 responses to “Report: Rodger Saffold returns to Rams after failing physical with Raiders

  1. I bet the Raiders realized what a big mistake that horrible contract was and used this avenue to escape.

  2. I’d say this is good news for the Rams. That is, until the season opener after their first offensive play of the year when the announcer says that there’s an injury on the field…

  3. Buyers remorse, they wanted him to play guard and realized they just way overpaid for him. Worst part is losing veldheer after this debacle.

  4. When the Raiders heard the howls of laughter from the 31 other teams at the offer they made, they decided anything less than an “S” on Saffold’s chest would constitute failing the physical.

  5. Oh well that’s just freaking great, lose Veldheer and now Saffold is totally gone????? Great job evaluating talent Reggie, this FA sucks. Glad we have $66 million to spend on nothing.

  6. I wasn’t sold on this guy , even if he had been healthy. When his name was mentioned as someone my team might be pursuing , I cringed . . . when I heard he was going to the Raiders , I rejoiced.
    Perhaps it’s fitting that he’s returning to the Rams , who continue to have one of the league’s worst offensive lines.

  7. I try to stay positive and just deal with the media bashing of Mckenzie but, this is getting ridiculous! Mckenzie are you serious? Can you please make one good roster move. Drafting Sio Moore in the 3rd round and signing Rod Streater are the closest thing to good he has done. Figure it the F out Mckenzie!!!

  8. Wow, I’m speechless.

    Reggie, I used to support you but I’ll be one of the millions calling for your head if were sub 8-8 this year. I have no idea why everyone gave you a 2 year pass to do work that should have been done in 1 year.

    Everyone uses the ‘cap hell’ excuse, but the mess Reggie is in now is his own fault. Not cutting Seymour flat out had a lot of dead money last year. We could have been in this position this time last year, but with all the 1 year deals it feels like a constant rebuild.

    Time is ticking, Reggie. Or else you’re gonna go and your brother is going to go back to teaching high school.

  9. WOW! The Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Orioles must have the same doctor conducting physicals.

  10. But they took a CB with a recent aorta injury in the first round.
    Seems like my boys are going to have another excuse for a bad season… A botched off-season.
    I’m not liking this show. I’ve been a fan long enough that I had a large reservoir of goodwill toward the team. It’s empty now.
    They’re gonna have to earn the goodwill back. I’m too old for blind allegiance.


  12. Even Jerra & the Factory of Sadness aren’t this inept. Can the league force the 10 yr old Madden champion into the Raiders GM job? The funny thing is the Raiders are actually better off without having to honor the Saffold contract.


  14. Raiders are looking good for the first pick in the draft in 2015. They have one of the toughest schedules in 2014 and haven’t make many moves that makes you feel good about their current situation.

  15. As a Niner fan it used to be fun to talk smack to all my Raider friends but it has become so dysfunctional there I’m actually starting to feel bad for them..

  16. Just remember these are the same Rams that drafted Jason a Smith #2 overall a couple of years ago. Loser franchise with dumb front office.

  17. so wait, are we to assume Darren McFadden did pass a physical? I find that hard to believe.

  18. That’s why contracts are contingent on physicals. The contract the Raiders were offering was based on him being fully healthy. Why give him that much money if there are injury concerns.

  19. That’s interesting to say the least. Give me something Reggie Mac! I’ve had your back don’t let me down! I didn’t want to trade down and miss an opportunity to draft Watkins/clowney/mack but if we dnt start getting some decent talent in FA were going to need the extra picks. CMON MANN!!!

  20. In other news, General Manager Reggie McKenzie has also failed a physical. He is getting his brained scanned for dementia as we speak

  21. Rams offered him 6 million (per internet sources) per year and he moved on. Rams should offer him 4 plus incentives. This is good news for both teams.

  22. Notice to Reggie McKenzie ~Mark Davis just pushed your career dissipation button & your light is on now and blinking. Wake up. Ok who is firing up the new website : FIRE REGGIE

  23. Miss Al Davis yet? He would have blown the cap by now, but you guys would have Mike Vick, Jacoby Jones, Darrell Revis, and had giving out huge contracts to Houston and that LT LOL

  24. I would say lucky for us except for now there are no elite left tackles left. What the heck is going on in Alameda . We had the most money and come away with no left tackle how does that happen. Now we almost have to draft a left tackle hopefully Greg Robinson from Auburn is still there. Mckenzie what the heck are you doing it’s almost like he’s trying to ruin the team. All these teams are making huge additions and i dont think we’ve made one positive move yet. Reggie what are you waiting for? Do you realize we need to beat the Broncos twice next year? Get a move on it!

  25. The best deals are often the ones that did not get done. All these idiots second guessing the Raiders don’t have any idea what the real deal is. Will you guys be sending McKenzie roses if Saffold goes down for the count this year? I think not. If you are paying out this kind of money and the fate of the team depends on it, just a whiff of a suspect shoulder should derail the whole thing. If you really want to give him a hard time, talk about not pursuing Eugene Monroe; undamaged goods and the class of the LT free agent market this year. He is no Jonathon Ogden, but he is the best of this years crop.

  26. So let’s get this straight – the team with far and away the most cap room is the only one with a net loss of key talent at this stage? To both lose their best free agents and so far miss out on any of the key signings?

    If there’s a strategy here, it’s opaque.

  27. The old “he failed his physical trick” that’s Oakland’s chicken exit after realizing they way overpaid for RS. I guess if they trade up to no. 2 in the draft with the Rams and give up 2 draft picks they can land the OT they having been trying to lock up…sounds like a win-win to us Rams fans

  28. Cardinals got Palmer for around a cheap salary and like a 7th round pick, Shaunessey for nothing, and now Veldheer for the cheapest LT contract in FA so far. Who does Steve Keim have incriminating photos of over in Raider nation?

  29. I injured my shoulder at work 10 years ago, and it’s never been the same. Maybe this guys shoulder is toast too, and that’s all there is to this story?

  30. In order to fix a problem you must first admit you have one. Mark Davis you have a HUGE problem Reggie Mac . Your father spent his entire life building up his beloved franchise . Reggie has made so many mistakes it took him 2 years to purge bad contracts sould have taken 1 year….. He held on to r Seymour 1 year too long and cost us over 10 mill in dead money. He whiffed on flyn and cost us a 5th rd pick in the best draft in ten years. He let a competent Qb walk for a late 7 th rd pick with no replacement at the qb position……he had the 3rd pick in the last draft turned it into two injury plagued none productive players. He has added 0 core players in 2 1/2 years he has purged the roster of almost all Al Davis draft picks and received no compensation.. Some of these players could be very could depth players on a weak roster. M Mitchell safety Barksdale to van dyke db etc. He fired all the scouts and brought in his brother and friends to scout for the team.. Now with 69 mill in cap room room he can’t even do due diligence pre free agency saffold debacle. Mark please call Jon Gruden line him up for head coach 2015 and most of all let’s get a real GM not a GM who is getting on the job training and failing miserably. RAIDER NATION deserves it RIP AL DAVIS maybe with the recent events your haiters will SHUT UP ………..

  31. I like this move. haha The Raiders get the cap space back and can get way more players now. No more bloated contracts in the future like Saffolds would have been.

  32. Is this an indication the Raiders are freeing up more cap room to get some of the guys that visited today?

  33. Isnt it hilarious that this kinda stuff only happens to the bad teams i.e. Raiders and Browns, about “failing a physical”. Browns used that card last year.

    Actually though, it was smart of both the Raiders n Browns part. Saffold blows, when it was reported he got that money, i was like wow the Raiders overpaid for that stiff.

    But these 2 inept franchises constantly trip over themselves due to their own stupidity

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