November 11, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) blocks San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith (99) during the fourth quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers and the Rams tied 24-24. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rodger Saffold Fails Oakland Raiders Physical, Returning To Rams

UPDATED with Saffold returning to Rams 8:03 p.m., 3/12/14

According to a report, offensive tackle Rodger Saffold failed his physical on Wednesday and won’t be signing a free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders after all. Instead, a separate report said he will be returning to the St. Louis Rams on a five-year deal.

Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reported via Twitter:


Saffold had agreed to terms on Tuesday on a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $21 million in guaranteed money as the Raiders had planned on plugging the former St. Louis Ram into the left tackle spot vacated by Jared Veldheer, who signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

But the Raiders had concerns about his shoulder, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Twitter, concerns the Rams did not share:



The Raiders did agree to terms with another tackle, signing Austin Howard from the New York Jets to a five-year, $30 million contract ($15 million guaranteed). But Howard has played right tackle the last two seasons for the Jets.

Saffold, 25, had only played one full season with the Rams—starting all 16 games at left tackle for St. Louis as a rookie in 2010. But he missed seven games in 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle, missed time with a neck injury and a sprained knee in 2012, when he started 10 games, and made only nine starts in 2013 because of a knee injury.

Saffold was a second round pick by the Rams out of Indiana in 2010.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Saffold would be returning to the Rams

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