Raiders sign OL Rodger Saffold to five-year contract

Raiders sign OL Rodger Saffold to five-year contract
March 11, 2014, 1:15 pm
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Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold started nine games and played in 12 with the Rams last season. (AP)

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The Raiders officially signed offensive tackle Rodger Saffold to a five-year contract on Tuesday afternoon, a league source confirmed to CSN Bay Area. The deal became official shortly after the start of free agency on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Saffold is expected to replace left tackle Jared Veldheer, who left for Arizona as a free agent.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Saffold’s contract is worth $42.5 million with $21 guaranteed.

Saffold played the last four years with the St. Louis Rams, primarily as a left tackle. He played right tackle and right guard last season, moving across the line in deference to Jake Long.

Saffold has struggled with injuries throughout his career. The No. 33 overall pick in 2010 has played 47 of 64 possible games with 44 starts. He has been sidelined with ailments to his knee, neck, shoulder and pectoral muscle.

Stay tuned to CSN Bay Area for further updates.