There has been a lot of buzz that Rams OL Rodger Saffold has a very solid market forming right now and it appears as though he could be in line for a much better contract than many expected just a few months ago.
NFL agent Marc Lillibridge joined 101 ESPN radio in St. Louis on Wednesday and mentioned that Saffold could end up doing just as good and possibly better than Jake Long did last year in his next contract.
“I know he’s got a lot of grief,” Lillibridge said, via ESPN.com. “I know he’s done a lot with injuries and whatever else. I bet you Rodger Saffold gets Jake Long’s contract or better if he hits free agency. From everybody I’ve talked to at the combine, people like Rodger Saffold. He’s an underappreciated person around here … there’s a lot of value in him.”
Long signed a four-year, $34 million contract that included $16 million guaranteed.
Rams HC Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead mentioned during the Scouting Combine that re-signing Saffold was their top priority among the team’s impending free agents.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently reported that the Rams have yet to extend Saffold a contract offer, despite meeting with him at the Combine this past weekend. Thomas still expects a contract offer to come at some point “in the near future”
Saffold, 25, played left tackle for the Rams during his first few years in the league, but wound up playing numerous offensive line positions after they signed Long in free agency.
We have Saffold currently listed as the No. 35 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.