Raiders owner voids $42.5 million Saffold deal after failed physical

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The Oakland Raiders thought they had secured a new offensive lineman when they brought in Rodger Saffold on Tuesday.

The deal was reported to be worth $42.5 million over five years as the franchise looked to have acquired the talented 2010 draftee.

But that has all changed.

As reported by numerous sources, Saffold has failed his physical with the Oakland organizaton and will therefore not be joining the team in 2014.

The issue was apparently with Saffold's shoulder, but the move is surprising considering that he only recently passed an exit physical at the St. Louis Rams at the end of last season.

According to Michael Silver, Saffold could have undergone surgery and been back in time for Raiders training camp but owner Mark Davis stepped in to veto the deal.

Saffold now looks set to return to St. Louis and re-sign with the Rams but it is hardly the situation any of the sides involved could have envisaged earlier this week.

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