Rams player gives team the silent treatment

Published On March 31, 2013 | By Kimberly Petalas

When the St. Louis Rams decided to sign offensive tackle Jake Long, fans were excited to see the former Dolphin join the team. Unfortunately, the Rams’ left tackle Rodger Saffold didn’t seem too pleased with the signing. Since Long is also a left tackle, this means Saffold would probably move to right, which is apparently not where he wants to play.

The 24-year-old Saffold isn’t quite handling things the grown-up way: he has not returned any phone calls from coach Jeff Fisher since the signing. Still, Fisher said he is confident all will be resolved.

“Things are gonna work out,” Fisher said. “We’re confident they’ll get resolved.”

“We’ve been trying to reach Rodger, and he’s not returning calls right now. But we’ll get things settled, and Rodger’s a big part of our future and a big part of our plans on offense.”

A large part of the issue here might be monetary. Saffold is also entering the final year of his rookie contract, and left tackles make more money than right tackles. Coach Fisher said that as of yet, Saffold has not asked for a trade.

“It’s just been quiet. And we’re trying to reach Rodger just like we’re trying to reach all of our other players. We stay in touch with our players. Maybe he’s traveling and is on his way back.”

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Kimberly graduated from Hofstra University in December 2012. She has been a sports fan her whole life and grew up around sports, whether it was playing or watching them. She started her writing career interning for her local newspaper, The Gardner News, where she currently works as a reporter. In college, Kimberly wrote for Long Island Report, as well as Her Campus Hofstra.