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Will Roger Saffold hold out from St. Louis Rams?

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Rodger Saffold isn't thrilled about his presumed shift to the right side of the line. However, he has no designs on being a malcontent.

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Saffold, entering the final year of his rookie contract, plans to attend the Rams' voluntary workouts, which start Monday, and doesn't plan to hold out of minicamp, OTAs, training camp or preseason, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. (Thomas cited "those close to Saffold.")

When the Rams signed left tackle Jake Long last month, Saffold wasn't happy about the position change. Thomas, citing league sources, reported Wednesday morning that while it's unclear if the lineman has formally requested a trade from the Rams, his representatives have let the Rams know Saffold wouldn't be opposed to moving to a team on which he could remain a left tackle.

Playing nice really is Saffold's only move here. The Rams hold all the leverage now and in the near future. A holdout wouldn't get Saffold any closer to leaving the Rams and might be a red flag for teams next offseason, when he would hope to get his payday as a free agent.

If the Rams draft a right tackle in the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft it could expedite a potential trade to one of the tackle-needy teams. Until that time, however, Saffold's best play is to make as few waves as possible.

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