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Rodger Saffold joins Oakland Raiders on 5-year deal

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie continues to baffle NFL observers.

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After losing left tackle Jared Veldheer to the Cardinals, McKenzie added offensive lineman Rodger Saffold on a five-year, $42.5 million contract, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Tuesday.

Whereas the Rams and other teams envisioned Saffold as a guard, the Raiders intend to line him up as Veldheer's replacement at left tackle, per Rapoport.

It's a downgrade in demonstrated production, athletic ability and durability for Dennis Allen's team.

Although Saffold has held his own on Sam Bradford's blindside, he's missed time with multiple knee injuries, a neck injury, a dislocated shoulder and a torn pectoral since 2011, playing 31 of a possible 48 games over that span.

Unless Veldheer served notice that he would never sign a long-term contract in Oakland, it's our belief McKenzie would have been better served keeping him under the franchise tag.

Even with Saffold under contract, McKenzie should still be looking for upgrades at right tackle and left guard. No general manager has a lengthier shopping list this offseason.

In the latest edition of the "Around The League Podcast," the guys study the free agency picture with the help of NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

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