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Rodger Saffold

St. Louis Rams tackle Rodger Saffold (76) gets set for the play during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, in St. Louis. The Rams won 16-13 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

INDIANAPOLIS • Saturday’s meeting between the Rams and representatives for free-agent offensive lineman Rodger Saffold came and went without a contract offer. But the Rams are expected to make one in the near future.

Coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead both indicated at the NFL scouting combine that keeping Saffold in St. Louis is the top priority when it comes to re-signing the team’s free agents.

Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff took Saffold agents Alan Herman and Jared Fox out to dinner Saturday night in Indy for their meeting. By league rule, the Rams are the only team allowed to negotiate with Saffold until a three-day contact period begins March 8.

The actual free agency period starts March 11. That’s the first day outside teams can sign another team’s free agents.

In the case of Saffold, it’s expected to go right down to the wire — in other words, March 11.

It’s clear already in league circles that several teams are interested in Saffold. At the end of the day, he will have options not only on what city he wants to play in, but also what position.

Ideally, Saffold would like to play either guard or left tackle, according to Herman. He’d rather not play right tackle.

 

Jim Thomas covers Blues hockey for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.