Report: Houston Texans Come Up Short on Landing Rodger Saffold

The Houston Texans lose out in negotiations to the Tennessee Titans for offensive lineman Rodger Saffold.

With all the news flying around on the Houston Texans and their two new additions to the secondary, it appears they were also in the hunt for offensive lineman Rodger Saffold. Saffold ended up signing a 4-year $44 million deal ($22 million guaranteed) with AFC South rival, the Tennessee Titans. The Texans were laying low on their needs for the offensive line, but it is clear they felt Saffold was an upgrade somewhere on offensive line. NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported that the Titans beat out the Texans for the veteran offensive lineman.

Saffold started for the Los Angeles Rams at left guard and was part of one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Saffold has appeared in 114 regular season games for the Rams since 2010 playing every position on the offensive line except center.

The bigger issue is that the Texans knowing they needed to improve the offensive line did not finish the deal to land Saffold who jettisoned for the Titans. General manager Brian Gaine signed offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, offensive guards Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete prior to the 2018 season and the pursuit of Saffold shows that the Texans were ready to upgrade somewhere on the offensive line and maybe replace one of their free agents they signed just the season before.

Either way, it shows that the Texans are not willing to sit still to improve their offensive line, but losing out on Saffold is not the best outcome for an offensive line that could use some slight adjustments.

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