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As Rams vice president Kevin Demoff has mentioned in the past, one of the highest priorities within the organization is retaining the young in-house free agents entering their second contract.
The Rams were able to back up the words of Demoff by re-signing tackle Rodger Saffold to a five-year deal worth $31.3 million with only $11 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.
As I pointed out recently, it appeared from the beginning that St. Louis had the salary-cap room to make just one major move in free agency. It appears that re-signing Saffold was that move.
And in the end, it's the move that makes the most sense.
Retaining Saffold allows the Rams to focus on other options in the draft, such as big-play receiver Sammy Watkins or defensive stud Jadeveon Clowney.
Also, with Jake Long still recovering from his 2013 knee injury, the Rams needed another veteran lineman on the roster with starting experience at left tackle, and Saffold certainly fits the bill.
Even though the Rams have failed to attract outside free agents, the return of Saffold at a reasonable price makes free agency a success for St. Louis.