After failing a physical and having his contract voided with the Raiders, free-agent offensive lineman
The deal will be worth $31.7 million, more than $10 million less than he would have made with the Raiders. His contract eventually voided due to concerns about a shoulder injury that will require surgery at some point. He is still receiving $19.5 million guaranteed from the Rams, who are not concerned about the injury, according to USA Today.
"We have a shoulder specialist who said he's 100% fine," Saffold's agent Alan Herman said. "And we have the Rams, who passed him on his exit physical and then provided a significant amount of guaranteed money to prove they were fine with it."
According to the report, team owner Mark Davis vetoed the deal after finding out Saffold would need the surgery during a physical. Saffold is expected to be ready in time for the start of training camp, which is enough for the
Just minutes after the
The Raiders' deal with Saffold fell apart over concerned about the health of Saffold's shoulder, after he could not pass a physical. The Rams reportedly have no concerns about the injury, however, and will bring Saffold back to where he spent the first four seasons of his career.
Saffold has struggled with injuries throughout his career, with his rookie season in 2010 representing his lone 16-game season. He has played 31 of a possible 48 games over the last three seasons.
Saffold has a history of injuries, missing 17 games in his first four seasons with knee, pectoral and head injuries. The specific nature of the issue that caused him to fail the physical is not yet known, but it will end up costing him more than $20 million in guaranteed money.
According to the team's announcement, Saffold will not be joining the Raiders, though it is possible a restructured deal could still be worked out.
The 6-foot-5, 332-pound Saffold played 12 games last year, starting many at guard for the
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||16|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||9||9|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||10||10|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||12||9|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||9||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||10||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||12||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2010||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||St. Louis Rams||9||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||10||0||0||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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