Rodger Saffold has failed his physical with the Oakland Raiders just one day after signing a five-year contract worth $42 million and $21 million guaranteed. However, the hope of gainful (and presumably lucrative) employment is not lost for the offensive lineman:
After a disagreement in OAK on OT Rodger Saffold’s physical condition, he is returning to STL to sign a 5-yr contract with the Rams. Wow.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2014
Schefter reports that Oakland’s medical staff had concerns with Saffold’s shoulder, an issue that apparently does not bother the Rams, for whom Saffold has suited up for the past four seasons. Per Ian Rapoport, money issues are still being worked out, and it’ll be interesting to see just how big a hit Saffold’s wallet takes from this whole kerfuffle.
As far as the Raiders go, it’s understandable that they’d be wary of Saffold’s health — he’s missed 17 games over the past three seasons — but to let the situation get this far, coupled with losing last year’s starting left tackle Jared Veldheer to Arizona in the process, is colossally embarrassing. One staffer essentially admitted as such:
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 13, 2014
Silver further reports that it was team owner Mark Davis’s decision to “pull the plug” on the deal. We’ve cautioned against getting too impassioned about assorted free agency wins and losses, but the Raiders organization has essentially been rudderless for a decade now and there are no signs it will get any better.
Update: A happy ending for Saffold, who not only doesn’t have to bother moving, but didn’t actually lose any guaranteed money in this ordeal:
Rodger Saffold gets $1.5M less in guaranteed $ w/Rams, but doesn’t have to pay California taxes. Makes deal nearly =, says @SportsTaxMan
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) March 13, 2014
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