The Oakland Raiders were ready to give offensive lineman Rodger Saffold $45 million over the next five years as part of the hefty contract Saffold agreed to when free agency opened on Tuesday.
But then Saffold showed up in Oakland to take a required physical, and the whole deal, which included $21.5 million guaranteed, fell apart.
The team announced Wednesday night that Saffold had failed that physical and the contract is now void. Saffold did not play a full season since 2010, his rookie year with the Rams, because of a variety of ailments, from a torn pectoral muscle in 2011 and a neck injury in 2012. He's also dealt with multiple knee injuries and a dislocated shoulder.
That may have scared the Raiders off, but it hasn't cost Saffold a job. Once the deal with the Raiders was rendered void, Saffold decided to return to the St. Louis Rams, who offered him a five-year contract and are comfortable with his past injuries. Saffold started at both right tackle and right guard for the Rams last season.
The Raiders, meanwhile, will have to try to find other players on whom to spend their nearly $60 million of salary cap space. Oakland's former starting left tackle, Jared Veldeer, signed with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday.