Last week, reports indicated that contract talks between the Rams and impending free agent G Rodger Saffold were expected to pick up this week.
However, Saffold’s agent, Alan Herman, tells the St. Louis Post Dispatch that his client will test the free agent market next Tuesday.
“Rodger definitely will be out in the free-agent market,” Herman said.
The Rams do not sound like they are ready to give up on re-signing Saffold who is viewed as the top offseason priority.
“We had a good conversation with Rodger’s representatives at the (scouting) combine,” Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff said. “They said all the right things. As Jeff (Fisher) and Les (Snead) said in their interviews, re-signing Rodger is a priority. There’s good dialogue going on.”
Saffold, 25, played left tackle for the Rams during his first few years in the league, but wound up playing both guard and right tackle after they signed Jake Long in free agency last year. Saffold has said that he would prefer to either play left tackle or right guard.
St. Louis reportedly believes Saffold is better suited at guard, so it will be interesting to see what kind of figures are being thrown around regarding an extension. Saffold is widely expected to have an active market.
We have Saffold currently listed as the No. 24 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.