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Random Ramsdom 3/17: Raiders get baffled by Saffold, Rams re-up

It was a confusing and undesirable process, but its end result has locked up Rodger Saffold in St. Louis through 2018.


Rodger Saffold's long road home -- The Post-Dispatch
We may never know exactly what occurred in Oakland on March 12, 2014, but that's probably for the best.  Sometimes it's more entertaining to not have all the details. Just put your hand on your forehead, laugh a little bit and accept that the world is full of bewildering dysfunction.

Rodger Saffold is a St. Louis Ram again.

It's official, y'all!

Draft Day smoke screens? - Great article by Nick Wagoner about the smoke and mirrors NFL teams resort to prior to the NFL Draft. Give it a read, then think about which players are being used to change Draft Day by wily NFL GMs...

Change in position rejuvenates young career  - ESPN NFC West blog - Speculation in football is a dangerous thing, particularly in the off season, but if Saffold had never effectively transitioned to guard in 2013, he may not have returned to the Gateway City.  The move allowed the Rams to retain an ascending, young player while theoretically filling a few positions of need.  It is likely that Rodger Saffold the offensive tackle would not have been extended such an offer in St. Louis.

Keeping up with the Rams' free agency moves -- ESPN NFC West blog
It's been a mostly quiet and, well, boring free agency period for Rams fans. Save for an epic 15 minute Twitter calamity late Wednesday evening, one which M. Night Shyamalan could not even have predicted, St. Louis has done well to stay out of the media sensation. Instead, the team has already seen five of its players accept (and actually finalize) deals in other cities.

Perusing options at backup quarterback -- The Post-Dispatch
With Kellen Clemens now in San Diego -- and fan favorite, undrafted free agent Austin Davis unlikely to reach improbable expectations -- the Rams now need a new clipboard holder.  Bernie Miklasz names several potential candidates, none of whom will excite the imagination. Simply waiting until the draft may be the best option.

He's no Mark Sanchez, but Sam Bradford's new backup may already be in town.

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Alex Carrington to visit Rams -- Behind the Steel Curtain
Former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington has been linked to the Rams since the early goings of free agency, but nothing has yet come of it. He is expected to visit the team in the near future. Carrington has already made trips to Oakland and Pittsburgh.

VIDEO: Should Rams have welcomed back Saffold? -- The Post-Dispatch
Bernie isn't quite as quick as others to drink the Kool-Aid. He wonders why the Rams were so eager to resign Saffold after initially being snubbed by the offensive lineman in the early hours of free agency.  Well, there are no hurt feelings in football and money.

Top remaining free agents at receiver and corner -- Niners Nation
The wide receiver and corner back markets came and went fairly quickly in 2014.  All the big names -- and many even bigger contracts -- have found new homes, but there are still several viable players left available.  Will the Rams end up taking a chance a player such as Kenny Britt?

Evolving defensive subpackages -- Field Gulls
In yet another seriously strong piece, Danny Kelly of Field Gulls, SB Nation's Seahawks page, articulates the finer workings of nickel and dime defensive packages.  Find out exactly why 31 NFL teams hate to play Seattle.

Worst free agent signings of 2014 -- Around the League
The Oakland Raiders may have had one of the worst offensive line signings, but it didn't work out for some reason. With Saffold now receiving a more reasonable contract back in the town that drafted him, a different former Rams o-lineman was sure to get overpaid.

Jared Allen meets with Seattle Seahawks --
Surprise, surprise to no one -- the Seahawks are exploring the possibility of adding another pass rusher to their defense. Former Vikings and Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen visited the team over the weekend but left without a deal.

Free agent signings with NFL Draft implications -- CBS Sports
Rob Rang highlights more than a dozen free agent acquisitions that will have teams adjusting their draft boards over the next couple months. Special thanks to the Cleveland Browns for taking Karlos Dansby and Donte WHitner out of the NFC West.

Just because. This is probably the first and last time that you will see Kenny Britt highlights on Turf Show Times, so let's get it out of the way now. Or maybe this will be the first of many?

Go Rams!!!