By Christopher Daniel
Who would have ever guessed Rodger Saffold's extensive injury history, which has consistently hurt the Rams, would actually be the only reason we were able to resign him? Clearly, this has become one of the more ironic scenes in recent free agent history.
Saffold, who recently agreed to a five-year, $42.5 million deal with the Oakland Raiders at the dawn of free agency, failed his physical with the team. This provoked Raiders owner Mark Davis to void the deal on Wednesday.
Saffold decided to return to the Rams, who embraced him with open arms and no hard feelings. This story has a great underlying message that can be applied to everyday life; never burn bridges.
I would assume that at this point Saffold is too pissed off to admire how commendable he handled this situation (Saffold left the Rams on good terms). Going from $42.5 million with $21 million guaranteed on Tuesday to $31.5 million with 19.5 million guaranteed on Wednesday would presumably frustrate most prideful athletes.
Looking back at the offensive lineman who signed contracts during the 2013 free agency period, it was relatively easy to determine what Rodger Saffold’s contract should have been in terms of overall money. The Oakland Raiders overpaid Saffold by about $10 million dollars. More power to Saffold for attempting to jump ship for more money.
There will be several Rams fans who think St. Louis still overpaid for Saffold. There are others who feel like this signing makes our team that much better. I fall in the latter group. Welcome back 76.