December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Rodger Saffold in mix to replace Veldheer


According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun  “St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold is expected to sign with the Oakland Raiders for roughly $8 million per year, but he is still in talks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is expected to sign with the Arizona Cardinals for between $7 million and $7.5 million.”

Saffold is an incredible player who played extremely well last year at both Guard and Tackle for the St. Louis Rams.

Is Saffold an upgrade over Jared Veldheer? I would say no, but if Veldheer does choose to leave the Raiders, which has been reported, Saffold would make a great replacement.

Saffold was a Second-Round pick of the Rams in 2010, the same year Veldheer was drafted. Saffold will only be 26 when the season starts, and played his best football last year against the tough defenses of the NFC West.

I would prefer keeping Veldheer while acquiring Saffold at Guard to help solidfy Oakland’s offensive line.

But paying two offensive lineman close to 8 million per year, may be too much for Reggie McKenzie.

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Tags: 2014 NFL Free Agency Jared Veldheer Oakland Raiders Rodger Saffold

  • KloverJane

    This is a joke, right? Veldeer got the contract and it was generous. Cardinals? Lol That stupid looking bird. Way to upgrade, pfft, not.

  • Kevin Lurker

    Why does this go counter the offer Raiders made him?
    Why take 7.5?

  • Bx_Bred

    Why pay 8mil for a lesser player??? Just give veldheer the 8

  • Kioshi Johnson

    Why not sign veldheer for 8 mil

  • Scoobz

    Another brilliant move by Mackenzie! Let’s give him more than Valdheer but he’s not as good. YEAH!! Great f**cking move. Go back to Green Bay and get the hell out of THE Bay!

  • Mikebazua

    i´m not sure who is the biggest bust in Oakland…. Jamarcus or Mckenziee

  • Pridenpoise

    So if we are to believe earlier reports the Raiders offered Veldher a 5 yr deal for 55 million, with an option for a 6th that came with a 21 million signing bonus, and now we are to believe that he’s going to the Cardinals for what would appeR to be less money, if that’s the case F**K Jared, it does not sound like he really cared to be in Oakland, a lot of lip service that turns out to be BS.

  • raiderfan

    McKenzie offered veld a 5yr 55 mil deal with 23 guaranteed. veld chose not to sign.

  • raiderfan

    McKenzie offered veld a 5yr 55 mil deal with 23 guaranteed. veld chose not to sign. mckenzies doing what he has to do right now.

  • raiderfan

    he tried.

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Then U r the moron. Veldeer wanted to sign sooner, it was DUMBAZZ RM THST DECIDED TO LET FA DICTATE THE MARKET. Now Houston & JV will WALK!!#WTF??

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan


  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    That is NOT ACCURATE

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    We don’t know if that was accurate or not, what we do know is rm had plenty of time after the season to sign JV but decided to allow JV to test the market, WHICH MANY OF YOU WERE FINE WITH, ONLY TO BE WHINING ABOUT IT NOW.

  • Demarkus Tramail Swan

    Because it’s NOT ABOUT $$!! Playing in a better facility, a contender, a stable organization & a unbiased HC is A NO BRAINER!!

  • Bob

    Who? Has anybody outside of Stl heard of this guy? The Raiders could pay two good players for $8 million. I have a bad feeling about the way Reggie is spending money if this is true with overpaying Taiwon Jones already to be a kick return gunner.

  • Pridenpoise

    This from the guy who thinks there is a conspiracy against a black QB that can’t throw a F******g football. The only moron is you asshole, why would the Raiders not wait and see what the market is for a player, no let’s just pay everyone whatever they ask for, it’s idiotic thinking like this that got this team where it is. All you do is bash the Raiders I was a fan when you were still an itch in your daddy’s pants. When you’ve put in the time I have come and talk to me. Until then, blow away kid you bother me.

  • Hawaiianraider

    Would it be outside the realm of possibility that we could retain Jared and bring in Saffold to give us one of if not THEE youngest most talented OL in the league (Veldheer, Wiz, Saffold, Watson)? We have the cap space and that OL would entice any other free agent looking for a team on the rise or at least on the road to improvement, like Marcel said “bold moves”

  • J K

    Is Veldheer gone or could a deal still be had? Is there any reason to believe ( in this day ) he would want to stay outside of a paycheck?
    WE cannot answer those questions because we don’t know who is talking in his ear. Agents and Family will push for more money and a better shot at Team success.
    Winning systems always have leverage IF they have the Cap room. Now with the NFL raising the Cap any Team can go shopping and not just the Raiders!
    Like it or not We have to trust that RM and Staff can recruit the hell out of quality Free Agents and that DA can assemble a Team of real players!

    Go Raiders! Who ever dons the Silver n Black you better honor it!

  • Travis Myers

    I’d be very skeptical of those figures if he only takes a deal for 7.5 mil per in AZ. Players don’t leave almost 3.5 mil per on the table regardless of the team.

  • Raiders Rene

    He chosed to leave cause reggie insulted him by not handling Jared the right way just like Larmar samething no respect for great young players. I am glad they left cause that shows what kind of GM we have no respect for any players whom play for the Raiders I hope they do good for other teams so It will come back and hunt mark davis and reggie for stupid handling of those players in

  • Raiders Rene

    U must be a reggie fan wow!!!

  • Pridenpoise

    Guess who’s contract was just voided because he failed a physical, Are you a big Reggie fan, because he’s sure as shit doing a bang up job so far.

  • Rees Britton

    You are the dumbest human being I have EVER come across!