You know, maybe if Saffold played a little better, or managed to stay on the field a little more consistantly, there wouldn't be quite the need for us to bring Jake Long in. I think Saffold shouldn't see this as a demotion, but as an opportunity to establish himself in another position on the line. I'm sure if Long is sign the coaching staff is looking at our offensive tackles as a team strength. Saffold should embrace that and try to position himself as the long term starting right tackle for the team. If he plays well then I seriously doubt the team would have any problem giving him a nice fat paycheck when his time comes.
It doesn't look good for Saffold. When was the last time the Rams got rid of an offensive lineman that actually went on to do something elsewhere?
This seems like a lot of bs, no source other than him. But I'll be damned if everyone isn't picking this up in last hour.
This can't be true, if Saffold really were being this much of a tit over potential competition, the Rams should totally replace him ASAP.
I don't know what to make of this. IF true, Saffold and his agent have REALLY jumped the gun. Unless the Rams specifically told Saffold what their concrete plans are if Long is signed (which I seriously doubt), it doesn't make a lot of sense for him to make a preemptive strike on his future with the team. Guess we'll find out soon enough, but I'm skeptical about this story.
The Rams could package Saffold and a pick for someone's second rounder, perhaps.
Remember Saffold was not drafted by this regime, and he is going on the last year of his contract. Hes been solid when healthy, but hasnt been healthy enough as we need him to be. Same situation as Amendola.
If he has another year including injuries, the Rams could easily plan to part ways with him and get their own guy in the draft or free agency.
So, if this trade talk is accurate, it doesnt suprise me
Agent: Saffold wouldn't like switch to RT
1 hour ago • By Jim Thomas email@example.com 314-340-8197
According to his agent, Alan Herman, Rams left tackle Rodger Saffold wouldn’t be happy about a switch to right tackle. But Herman stopped short of saying Saffold would request a trade if that were the case.
It could indeed be the case should the Rams sign free-agent Jake Long of Miami, who is visiting Rams Park today.
“I’m sure if you would ask Rodger what position he’d want to play, he’d want to be a left tackle,” Herman said. “That’s his position. It’s a paying position in the league. He’s played left tackle his whole life since he was a little kid. Why would he want to move to the other side?”
Herman said he hasn’t brought the subject up with executive vice president of football operations Kevin Demoff or general manager Les Snead — and not even Saffold — because at the moment Saffold is still the team’s left tackle. And Long wasn’t a Ram — at least not yet.
“I think people are trying to get ahead of the curve here,” Herman said. “See what happens, and we go from there. If they sign the guy (Long), I’m sure Rodger’s going to be the first one to say: ‘I want to be a left tackle.’ What happens at that point?”
Herman indicated that the most likely scenario would be that Saffold plays out the final year of his contract and reaches free agency. He’s scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the 2013 season.
Saffold could not be reached for comment.
What a surprise, straight from Saffolds agent: no trade demand, no discussion about it with the Rams, no discussion about it with Saffold himself. Looks like the story was blown way out of proportion. Another surprise.