Morning Ram-blings: Saffold's strange day

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- All the details of a Wednesday night that ultimately led to offensive lineman Rodger Saffold's return to the St. Louis Rams after a failed physical from the Oakland Raiders may never be known.

It was one of the more bizarre situations you'll ever find in the NFL or any other professional sport. But it worked out for the Rams.

Perhaps as close as we'll ever come to having a grasp on what exactly took place that night can be found in this piece from Jim Thomas on stltoday.com. In speaking with Alan Herman, Saffold's agent, Thomas offers plenty of insight into how the evening played out from the Saffold camp's eyes.

Of course, that tells just one side of the story. The Oakland contingent insists that Saffold has a torn labrum in his shoulder and that was the reason for the failed physical. The San Francisco Chronicle offered some details of the Raiders' side.

As with any situation in which there are two sides to a story, there is probably truth to be found in both but one thing we can all agree on is just how strange the whole scenario is.

Saffold finally signed his five-year contract with the Rams early Thursday evening and soon took to Twitter to break his silence and offer some thoughts.

Here's a sample of those:


A roundup of Thursday's Rams stories appearing on ESPN.com. ... We began the day with a look at Mel Kiper Jr.'s third mock draft and followed with some reaction and analysis to the Rams' picks. ... Next, we provided a look at how Saffold's return gives the Rams flexibility in multiple ways. ... Finally, we capped the day with the reasons why the Rams would have been wise to keep backup quarterback Kellen Clemens around.


The news on Clemens' signing with San Diego.

Also at stltoday.com, columnist Bernie Miklasz discusses options for the Rams with the No. 2 pick.

Miklasz also takes the Rams to task for not being more active in free agency.

Jeff Gordon gives his take on the Saffold saga.

Many are wondering what, exactly, is going on in Oakland. National Football Post takes a crack at figuring it out.