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Rodger Saffold fails Raiders physical, rejoins Rams

Oakland's decision to let left tackle Jared Veldheer walk away was one of the more curious decisions of free agency. The huge contract the team awarded to tackle Rodger Saffold was even wackier.

Now the news has descended into Raiders-level strangeness: The team announced Wednesday that Saffold failed his physical and would not be signing with Oakland.

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It's a blow for Saffold, who agreed to a five-year, $42.5 million contract with $21 million guaranteed on Tuesday. But he rebounded quickly. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Saffold agreed to return to the St. Louis Rams on a new five-year contract worth $31.7 million, with $19.5 million guaranteed.

The Rams knew his injury history and his production, although Saffold will surely accept less money in St. Louis. He is expected to play guard for the Rams, although he has flexibility to play offensive tackle.

The news puts a huge dent in the Raiders' free-agent plans. The other top tackles are now off the market, and the team had targeted Saffold days before free agency started to take over its left tackle position.

"One of the worst days of my life as a professional," one Raiders source told NFL Media columnist Michael Silver. A Raiders source told Silver that Raiders owner Mark Davis pulled the plug on the Saffold deal. Saffold could have had shoulder surgery and been ready for training camp, but Davis said no. 

Michael Oher and Zach Strief are two mid-level options that are still available. The Raiders also signed former New York Jet Austin Howard to a shockingly large contract Tuesday.

*The latest "Around The League Podcast" recaps the wild start of free agency. *

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