In one of the more bizarre moves of the NFL Free Agency period thus far, news came through late Wednesday evening that the Oakland Raiders’ biggest signing, OT Roger Saffiold, would not be signing his five-year, $42.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders after a failed physical, and would instead be forced to re-sign with the St. Louis Rams.
Now, things get even more bizarre as Mike Silver of NFL.com has learned that the shoulder injury that caused the red flag could have been surgically repaired and he would have been ready for training camp–but it was Raiders owner Mark Davis who said thanks but no thanks.
“One of the worst days of my life as a professional,” one Raiders source told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. A Raiders source told Silver that Raiders owner Mark Davis pulled the plug on the Saffold deal. Saffold could have had shoulder surgery and been ready for training camp, but Davis said no.
This is about as Oakland Raiders of a move as you can possibly get. You have to wonder how much more this injury, and it’s solution options, could have been looked. Did Davis jump the gun?
He’s a Davis, of course he more than likely did.