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Rams Left Tackles Since 2008
I'll take that as a sign negotiations are heading toward a resolution.
The Rams have long sought resolution at left tackle. That remains the case even though Rodger Saffold has shown promise at the position when healthy.
Saffold, Alex Barron, Orlando Pace, Adam Goldberg, Wayne Hunter, Mark LeVoir and Joe Barksdale have started for the team at the position over the past five seasons. Pace was winding down when he gave the team 14 starts in 2008, his final year with the team. Saffold has been the best option since then, but injuries have limited him.
Long has been hurt, too, but with four Pro Bowls in five NFL seasons, he's got a left tackle pedigree unseen on the Rams since Pace locked down the position during the Greatest Show on Turf years.
Note: Thanks to Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information for digging up the numbers for the chart. The Rams occasionally opened games with tight ends at left tackle in unbalanced lines. In those cases, we credited the player manning the left tackle position for the rest of the game as the starter.
St. Louis Rams executive Kevin Demoff has provided photographic evidence of contract negotiations with agents for Miami Dolphins unrestricted free agent tackle Jake Long.