The Oakland Raiders' offseason went from curious, probably disappointing, to a flat out debacle.
Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, the team's big free-agent acquisition at $42.5 million, failed his physical and his contract was voided. The team announced that, according to many Bay Area beat reporters. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders had concerns about his shoulder.
The Rams, who were Saffold's team his first four years, had no such concerns (there are no set standards for NFL physicals) and almost immediately after the Raiders' announcement agreed with Saffold on a five-year deal.
Unbelievable. At least the Raiders get their money back.
The Raiders' move to get Saffold was panned because the team overpaid, but now what? All of the best left tackles are long gone off the market. The Raiders didn't franchise tag Jared Veldheer and let their left tackle go, presumably because they thought Saffold was better. Veldheer signed with Arizona. The Raiders signed Saffold. Or so they thought.
Saffold has dealt with injuries in his career, including a knee injury that caused him to miss four games last season. There was still no sign that he wouldn't pass a physical, something that rarely happens in the NFL. But he did and now the Raiders are stuck with a lot of cap room after most of the premier free agents have already signed.
If there wasn't any heat on general manager Reggie McKenzie before, there likely is now. This is one of the most embarrassing events in free agency in quite some time. Many people ripped the Raiders for having almost $60 million in cap room and not doing much with it on Tuesday, outside of signing linemen Rodger Saffold and Austin Howard.
Well, at least they still have Howard.
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