Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Dispatch caught up with Rodger Saffold’s agents after Wednesday’s night’s debacle in which the Raiders failed his physical and decided not to sign him to the long-term contract they agreed to just a day before.
“They said, we have a problem. Rodger failed his physical. There’s something wrong with his shoulder. What did you know about that?” Saffold’s agent Alan Herman told the Post-Dispatch.
Saffold dislocated his shoulder in the preseason, but ended up being ready for the regular season and never had any problems. He even passed his exit physical with the Rams.
What’s really interesting is that Saffold thought he passed his physical with the Raiders.
“Rodger told us that the Raiders’ doctor examined him and said, ‘You’re fine,’ ” Herman said.
Then things changed on Wednesday.
“(The Raiders) said, ‘We think he needs immediate surgery to correct his shoulder,’ ” Herman said.
The good news was that the Rams fought to re-sign Saffold and really wanted him back prior to him agreeing to terms with the Raiders.
What’s really funny is how Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie reacted.
“He apologized profusely,” Herman said. “I shared my displeasure in very strong terms. Jared and I were sitting there in disbelief. We got out of the building and we got back to the hotel.”
It sounds like the Raiders had buyers remorse after agreeing to terms with Saffold. My guess is that Raiders owner Mark Davis stepped in on Wednesday and decided to fail Saffold’s physical so they wouldn’t have to sign him.