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. Thomas expects a contract offer to come at some point “in the near future“.
Several reports have already surfaced indicating that the versatile Saffold would be a prime target for other teams should he hit free agency. The Rams are the only team that can negotiate with Saffold until March 8th.
Despite their apparent interest, it does not appear that the Rams would consider using the franchise tag on Saffold.
“It would be extremely surprising to see the Rams place a franchise or transition tag on Saffold as a one-year stop-gap measure,” Thomas wrote earlier in the week. “Last year, the franchise tag was $9.8 million and the transition tag $8.7 million for an offensive lineman. That’s a ton of money.“
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 Jake Long in free agency. It will be interesting to see what kind of contract he secures this offseason as being viewed as a guard tends to limit a player’s contract.
We have Saffold currently listed as the No. 35 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.