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Rodger Saffold was St. Louis' only in-house free agent worthy of a hefty contract. And while Saffold is an excellent player when he's actually on the field, there was no way the Rams were ever going to consider matching the absurd contract offered by the Oakland Raiders.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Saffold was initially inked to a five-year deal worth $42.5 million. But hopefully Saffold didn't go on a major spending spree, because it didn't last long.
In a shocking turn of events, the deal was negated after a failed physical, and the Rams re-signed Saffold to a five-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Had the Oakland contract gone through, Saffold's contract would have tied Logan Mankins' average salary of $8.5 million, which would have made Saffold the second-highest-paid guard in all of football.
Even if Oakland had planned to use him at left tackle, the agreed upon $8.5 million per year would have put Saffold among the top 10 highest-paid left tackles in the league.
And we're talking about Saffold—a man who has missed 20 starts in the past three seasons and has earned the nickname "Mr. Glass" among the fans of St. Louis.
While the Rams are surely glad to have Saffold back, presumably at a more reasonable price that has yet to be announced, St. Louis did the right thing by initially letting him walk.
Saffold is a very good offensive lineman...when he's healthy. And his inability to stay healthy for more than a month at a time is the story of his career.
The Rams let better players than Saffold walk a year ago (Steven Jackson, Danny Amendola) and didn't lose a second of sleep over it. The situation would have been the same with Saffold had the deal with Oakland gone through.