The offseason signing of left tackle Jake Long was great news for everyone in the St. Louis Rams organization -- well, except for the guy who had been playing left tackle for the Rams. The arrival of Long means that Rodger Saffold will have to move to the right side of the line, but while he is not happy about the move, it appears he isn't going to hold out to express his frustration, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas.
"No, Rodger Saffold isn’t happy about his impending switch to right tackle for the Rams. But those close to Saffold insist he won’t be a malcontent and won’t be a holdout," wrote Thomas.
"Saffold will participate in the Rams’ official offseason conditioning program, which starts Monday, although technically participation is 'voluntary.' And as long as he’s a Ram, he’ll be there for minicamps, OTAs, training camp and the preseason."
Saffold is due about $880,000 this season, which will be the final year of his rookie contract. His agents have informed the Rams that they would welcome a trade, but it's not clear if he has actually requested to be dealt away.
"Early indications from the Rams are that they are not interested in trading Saffold," noted Thomas. "Interestingly, the Rams have had visits or have visits scheduled with three draft prospects that play offensive tackle: Alabama’s D.J. Fluker was in last week, Florida State’s Menelik Watson was in Tuesday and Virginia’s Oday Aboushi has an upcoming visit.
"All three are projected as right tackles."
At this time, it appears that Saffold is being a good soldier and doing and saying what is expected of a pro in a tough situation. That could pay off later this offseason if the Rams decide they would be better off trading him away.