On Tuesday, it was reported that Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold had agreed to a 5 year/$42.5 million dollar deal with the Oakland Raiders. Rodger Saffold was likely ecstatic for the new deal but for the deal to be validated. he had to pass a physical.
He failed that physical.
Now he didn’t fail that physical because he is overweight. That’s a hazard of the job but he failed it because of his shoulder. This is according to a tweet by ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Raiders had concerns about Saffold’s shoulder; Rams had “no concerns whatsoever” about his shoulder, per agent Alan Herman and Jared Fox.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
As Schefter pointed out, the St Louis Rams jumped to sign him. That strikes me as odd.
I am not saying Rodger Saffold isn’t a good player but why jump immediately to sign him? Teams are going to back off because of the failed physical and you can get him at a discounted rate if you just wait it out. No reports that I have read indicate that another NFL team was going to jump at the chance to acquire Rodger Saffold. It would seem to me that the philosophy of “Buy Low, Sell High” would apply to the NFL in regards to free agency but the Rams didn’t do that.
So the question is “Why?” I believe that the Rams do not like the offensive lineman available in the 2014 NFL Draft. That would mean they want to keep the offensive lineman that finished 8th in the NFL in least sacks allowed. That would be a reasonable explanation of what happened yesterday. Arch Authority will keep you up to date on the happenings of free agency but it looks like the St Louis Rams will build through the draft.
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