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Offensive lineman Rodger Saffold was the Raiders’ marquee signing during free agency’s first day. They paid a pretty penny to get him.
A league source provided the breakdown of Saffold’s blockbuster deal, which is second only to Branden Albert’s new contract with Miami among offensive linemen.
Saffold will make $42.5 million over the life of his five-year contract, with $21.5 million in guaranteed money. The contract is front loaded, which is good for the player and good for a team with salary cap space, in case they need to replace him after a certain period.
Saffold will make $27.65 million in the first three years and $16 million in 2014.
If that sounds like left tackle money, that’s because it is. A source indicated that, despite experience at right guard and right tackle and the versatility that goes with it, Saffold is charged with protecting the blind side. He's expected to replace recently departed Jared Veldheer at left tackle.