For much of the season, veteran tackle Rodger Saffold had been playing musical chairs along the offensive line for the St. Louis Rams.
During the offseason, Saffold was told he would be moved to right tackle, with the newly signed Jake Long replacing him at left tackle, and he wasn’t exactly thrilled about the move.
Now, he is going to be switching positions again. Pro Football Talk is reporting that Saffold will start this week at right guard, replacing starting guard Harvey Dahl, who is out with a knee injury.
Saffold had been splitting time with Joe Barksdale at right tackle in recent weeks as he recovered from his own shoulder and knee injuries. Having Barksdale being able to start at right tackle gives the Rams the flexibility to move Saffold around, which is something he seems more excited about than his earlier move to right tackle.
“It’s definitely been different, but it’s also been a new challenge, which kind of makes things interesting,” Saffold said, via ESPN.com. “I think if I continue to take things the way I have been taking them and coming out and being aggressive, while still being inside, I feel like it doesn’t matter where I play.”
Saffold will be a free agent after this season, and while his new versatility along the offensive may be attractive to some teams, he is less likely to make as much money as if he had stayed (and played well) at left tackle. While he might not be to upset about his move to guard, I’m sure this shuffling will make Saffold think twice about resigning with St. Louis.