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Rodger Saffold’s agent eases back from talk of trade demand

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)

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At the moment, the Rams only have one left tackle, and it’s Rodger Saffold.

So his agent is trying to slide gently away from a report that Saffold would ask for a trade if the Rams signed free agent Jake Long.

Agent Alan Herman made no secret of the idea that Saffold would prefer to not move to the right side, however.

“I’m sure if you would ask Rodger what position he’d want to play, he’d want to be a left tackle,” Herman said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “That’s his position. It’s a paying position in the league. He’s played left tackle his whole life since he was a little kid. Why would he want to move to the other side?”

Herman said he hasn’t broached the subject with Rams officials or his client.

“I think people are trying to get ahead of the curve here,” Herman said. “See what happens, and we go from there. If they sign the guy [Long], I’m sure Rodger’s going to be the first one to say: ‘I want to be a left tackle.’ What happens at that point?”

The most likely scenario is that Saffold plays out the final year of his rookie contract, since he doesn’t have a terrible amount of leverage, assuming the Rams land Long at all.