On Tuesday morning, a report surfaced that the Oakland Raiders were close to an agreement with former St. Louis Rams’ offensive lineman Rodger Saffold.
The Raiders are in the market for an offensive line so a deal with Saffold makes sense. Plus, the Raiders are expected to cut ties with several of their own free agents, meaning they have as much cap room as anyone and can be very busy in free agency.
The two sides were expected to agree to a contract worth about $8 million a year.
On Tuesday afternoon, the two sides began finalizing a deal and NFL.com’s Ian Rapaport was the first to get the details.
Rodger Saffold’s deal with the #Raiders is five years for $42.5M. Wow.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
That’s obviously a bigger contract than most that Saffold would get.
Saffold was the first pick of the second round in 2010 and spent his first the first four years of his career with the Rams, becoming a staple on their offensive line.