The Los Angeles Rams are losing yet another member of their NFC Championship squad. After losing Lamarcus Joyner to the Oakland Raiders, offensive lineman Rodger Saffold agreed to depart LA for a stay in Tennessee.
Saffold is leaving the Rams to join the Titans on a four-year, $44 million deal with $22.5 guaranteed. Following comes from Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Former Rams' OL Rodger Saffold intends to sign a four-year, $44 million deal that includes $22.5 million guaranteed with the Tennessee Titans, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
Despite being 31 the Titans elected to ink the veteran to a longer deal to help shore up their offensive line. In his nine seasons with the Rams Saffold has started 111 of the 114 games he’s played in his career including every game he played over the last three seasons. The left guard moves on from one promising young quarterback to another promising young often injured quarterback that’s close to the point of no return with a team that might be moving on.
Saffold’s task will be to protect Marcus Mariota, the quarterback Titans fans hope would take them to new heights not seen since the Steve McNair days. A franchise QB they can rely on. Mariota has had some success in his time in Tennessee but not enough to warrant a solidified spot as QB1. Hopefully, Saffold can help protect the Titans investment.